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Salute To Iconic Women: Mary McLeod Bethune

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Mar. 21 2013, Published 3:00 a.m. ET

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“Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.” –Mary McLeod Bethune

Occupation: Educator and Civil Rights Activist

How she made her mark: Despite being born to former slaves, during a time period when black people were not afforded many freedoms Mary McLeod Bethune graduated from Scotia Seminary for Girls in 1893. She went on to become the founder of Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute in 1904, known as the Bethune-Cookman College. In 1935, she founded National Council of Negro Women.  Bethune believed that education was the key to the advancement of Black people and throughout her life actively served as an advocate and promoter of education and equal rights.

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