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Bethune, Mary McLeod

Mary McLeod Bethune was born in Mayesville, South Carolina in the year 1875, and grew to become one of the leading black educators in the nation. She was trained at the Moody Institute in Chicago, and the Scotia Seminary. She developed her love for teaching from 1897 to 1903 when she taught school in both Florida and Georgia. Her reputation built surely and steadily as she founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. She remained President of the school from 1904 to 1942. She was so well known that the Secretary of War sought her opinion while selecting the first female officer candidates in the armed forces. She also sat as Director of Negro Affairs for the National Youth Administration. Even the United Nations had need of her for their charter meeting to consult them in "interracial affairs and understanding". Towards the end of her career, she became the vice president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and she founded the National Council of Negro Women.