What an amazing woman!
She founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls (now Bethune-Cookman College) in 1904, and served as president from 1904-1942 and from 1946-47.
Was a leader in the black women's club movement and served as president of the National Association of Colored Women.
Was a delegate and advisor to national conferences on education, child welfare, and home ownership.
Was Director of Negro Affairs in the the National Youth Adminstration from 1936 to 1944.
Served as consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War for selection of the first female officer candidates.
Appointed consultant on interracial affairs and understanding at the charter conference of the U.N. Founder of the National Council of Negro Women.
Vice-president of the NAACP.
Was awarded the Haitian Medal of Honor and Merit, that country's highest award.
In Liberia she received the honor of Commander of the Order of the Star of Africa.
She grew up picking cotton as a field slave. She was 17 of 18 children in a slave family. Look what she did in the world!
A U.S. educator born to former slaves, she made her way through college and in 1904 founded a school that later became part of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla. She was president of the college from 1923–42 and 1946–47. Prominent in African-American organizations, particularly women's groups, she directed the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration (1936–44).
Bethune worked for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, and attempted to get him to support a proposed law against lynching. Although the Costigan-Wagner bill was not passed, they did raise more public awareness of the lynching issue. She was also a member of Roosevelt's Black Cabinet.
She changed the world not only by her legacy of deeds and accomplishments to th world. She left it a better place.
She also sets an example, as does Oprah Winfrey, of what a woman from the lowest levels of society can do if she is determined to make a change.