Mary McLeod Bethune

Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, 1949, photographed by Carl Van Vechten.
Portrait of Mary McLeod Bethune, 1949, photographed by Carl Van Vechten. Image from the Library of Congress.

(1875-1955) Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and civil rights leader who was born in Mayesville, SC. She is best known for starting a school for black students in Daytona Beach, Florida that became Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.