Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune: Lady Of The Struggle

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On July 10, 1875, the birth of the remarkable Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune brought us great appurtenances. Often referred to as “lady of the struggle” she was an equal parts educator and politician. She earned the label of being the most prominent and powerful African-American woman in the early 20th century. Daughter of former slaves, Mary was third youngest of 17 children from Maysville, South Carolina. She was the first in her family to go to school, at the age of 10 she enrolled into Trinity Mission School. In 1894 she graduated from Scotia Seminary and became the first student to complete 8th grade in 1992. Mary attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with the intentions of becoming missionary but her path changed when her application to
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