In 1904, Mary McLeod Bethune did something that was almost unheard of in
American society at that time. She began a school for young African
American girls in Daytona, Florida. That school would eventually
flourish and merge with a boys’ school to become Bethune-Cookman
University. Mary McLeod Bethune is also remembered for her innovative
work in Civil Rights, including acting as a presidential adviser to a
number of our country’s leaders.