Women's History Month Lecture

Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune imageAshley Robertson, of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, National Archives for Black Women’s History will discuss Mary McLeod Bethune’s vision and formation of the National Council of Negro Women and it’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

The National Council of Negro Women was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, who was was a distinguished American educator and prominent civil rights leader best known for establishing Bethune-Cookman University and for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bethune saw the need for harnessing the power and extending the leadership of African American women through a national organization, which became the National Council of Negro Women. About the organization, Bethune stated: "It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best in America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for the integration of all her people regardless of race, creed or national origin, into her spiritual, social, cultural, civic and economic life, and thus aid her to achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy." For more information on Mary McLeod Bethune search the DC Public Library catalog.

Please join Ashley Robertson of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House for a lecture about Bethune's life, legacy and formation of the National Council of Negro Women, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, in Room 220, on March 27, 2012 at 6 p.m.