Mary McLeod Bethune Commemorative Stamp

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The Mary McLeod Bethune commemorative stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service as the eighth stamp in its Black Heritage USA series on the 5th March 1985.

Mary McLeod Bethune was an American educator and civil rights leader best known for starting a school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida, with less than two dollars. She encouraged that girls were educated just the same as boys and made every effort to ensure the school stayed open, even though most parents were not able to afford paying school fees. The school eventually became the Bethune-Cookman University. She was also famed for being an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

She was truly an amazing black woman who you can read more about in a previous article posted by All Black Woman, {{Great Black Women in History: Mary McLeod Bethune}}, you can also read one of the greatest speeches in our history as black women by Mary McLeod Bethune on American democracy, {{‘What does American democracy mean to me?}}. Mary McLeod was a woman who certainly knew no limits, neither social, financial nor racial, she set out at her goals as eager, determined and enthusiastic as any person could be, it was this character that has made her one of the greatest black women in history and worthy to be placed on a US commemorative stamp.

Daytona School established by Mary McLeod Bethune.

Daytona School established by Mary McLeod Bethune.

 

 

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