Freedom’s Sisters: Mary McLeod Bethune

I love this woman.  Apart from starting a school for girls with crates and charcoal (and $1.50), just listen to some of the things she said:

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”

“There is a place in God’s sun for the youth “farthest down” who has the vision, the determination, and the courage to reach it.”

“We live in a world which respects power above all things. Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.”

“Cease to be a drudge, seek to be an artist.”

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”

You can see the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House in Washington, DC (well worth a visit) and beautiful statue in Lincoln Park, and read Eloise Greenfield & Jerry Pinkney’s book to learn more about her.  Enjoy!


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