Thursday, May 17, 2018


Mary McLeod Bethune was born in 1875, the youngest of 17 children born to freed slaves. At the age of 9 she could neither read nor write. At age 10 she went to a Christian school that prepared her to enter Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. After graduation she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, determined to start a school of black girls. Her total wealth was $1.50. She raised money by selling pies to tourists. The school that Mary Bethune founded became Bethune-Cookman College. She served as its first president. Later, she helped President Franklin Roosevelt start the National Youth Administration. Occasionally all of us get discouraged and wonder if we are capable of anything significant. Then we should remember Mary McLeod Bethune. If God could do that much with an illiterate, poverty-stricken girl, just imagine what God can do with us.