Mary McLeod Bethune

"The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood."

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Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune. From Benjamin Griffith Brawley's Women of Achievement, Chicago: Woman's American Baptist Home Mission Society

Mary McLeod Bethune was a political leader, philanthropist and educator famously known for opening an all-girl school in Daytona, Florida. Her early actions of black activism and civil rights laid the foundation for the civil rights era.