Her mother worked for her former master, and her father farmed cotton near a large house they called "The Homestead. As a child, Mary would accompany her mother to deliver "white people's" wash. Allowed to go into the white children's nursery, Mary became fascinated with their toys. One day she picked up a book and as she opened it, a white child took it away from her, saying she didn't know how to read.
Mary decided then that the only difference between white and colored people was the ability to read and write. She was the only child in her family to attend school, so each day, she taught her family what she had learned.
To get to and from school, Mary walked five miles each day. Her teacher Emma Jane Wilson became a significant mentor in her life. She helped McLeod attend the same school on a scholarship, which she did from — The following year, she attended Dwight L.
Told that black missionaries were not needed, she planned to teach, as education was a prime goal among African Americans.
They had a son, named Albert. Coyden Harold Uggams, a visiting Presbyterian minister, persuaded the couple to relocate to Palatka, Floridato run a mission school. Albertus left the family in ; he never got a divorce but relocated to South Carolina. He died in from tuberculosis.
Inshe began teaching at Haines Normal and Industrial Institute in Augusta, Georgiawhich was part of a Presbyterian mission organized by northern congregations. It was founded and run by Lucy Craft Laney. As the daughter of former slaves, Laney ran her school with a Christian missionary zeal, emphasizing character and practical education for girls.
She also accepted the boys who showed up eager to learn. Laney's mission was to imbue Christian moral education in her students to arm them for their life challenges.
Of her year at Laney's school, Bethune said, I was so impressed with her fearlessness, her amazing touch in every respect, an energy that seemed inexhaustible and her mighty power to command respect and admiration from her students and all who knew her.
She handled her domain with the art of a master. Educating women raises the lives of families as a whole. After one year at Haines, Bethune was transferred by the Presbyterian mission to the Kindell Institute in Sumter, South Carolinawhere she had met her current husband.
After her marriage and move to Florida, Bethune became determined to start a school for girls. Bethune moved from Palatka to Daytona because it had more economic opportunity; it had become a popular tourist destination and businesses were thriving.Early life and education.
Mary McLeod was born in Mayesville, The school's founder was the pioneering black educator Lucy Craft Laney. Laney's determination, intelligence, and spirit of service greatly impressed Bethune and provided an early model for much of her later work as an educator and missionary.
The Advocacies and Ideological. The institution is named for Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a pioneering Black educator, who created opportunities for thousands of young Black students and is being honored as the first African American female with a state-commissioned statue in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.
Mary McLeod Bethune Mary McLeod Bethune was born, on July 10, , in Mayesville, South Carolina. She was the fifteenth out of seventeen children, but the most successful. Her parents were slaves and they considered education to be very important.
Bethune believed the "work of the mind controls the work of the hands and heart and together they fulfilled the functions of education-" (McCluskey, p.
) Bethune's educational curriculum included basic academics, a pious religious atmosphere, and training in homemaking and teaching.
Now that the federal government has decided to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, the state of Florida needs to find a good way to honor one of our own: Mary McLeod Bethune, the legendary educator who founded a school for African-American girls that grew into what is today Bethune-Cookman University.
I believe the most meaningful way to honor her legacy would be to name a new K scholarship. Mary McLeod Bethune (–) was a teacher committed to the education and development of Black women. Her role as president of the National Association of Colored Women led to the founding of the National Council of Negro Women in