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28in x 68in Cardboard cutout of Mary McLeod Bethune. She was an American civil rights activist, educator, humanitarian, womanist, and philanthropist. She was known as the female Booker T Washington. She was leader or president for numerous African American woman's organizations including the National Youth Administration's Negro Devision and the National Association for Colored Women. President Franklin D Roosevelt appointed her as a national adviser and worked with her to create the Federal Council on colored Affairs. She also started a private school for African-American students. Dimensions are 68x28 inches.All Mary McLeod Bethune Civil Rights Activist cardboard cutouts come folded and have an easel attached to the back to be self-standing. Items are printed and produced to order. Printing and processing takes up to 5 business days + shipping time. Rush production and shipping is available.

Introduction to Mary McLeod Bethune

Celebrate the legacy of one of America's most influential educators and civil rights leaders with our lifesize cardboard cutout of Mary McLeod Bethune. Perfect for historical displays, educational events, or as an inspiring addition to your home or office, this cutout captures the powerful presence of Mary McLeod Bethune, reflecting her profound impact on education and civil rights.

Background of Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina, the 15th of 17 children born to former slaves. Despite the challenges of growing up in the Reconstruction-era South, Bethune was determined to pursue an education. She attended the local mission school, then Scotia Seminary (now Barber-Scotia College), and later Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

In 1904, with just $1.50 and a passion for education, Bethune founded the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in Daytona Beach, Florida. The school eventually merged with the Cookman Institute for Men in 1923, becoming Bethune-Cookman College (now Bethune-Cookman University). Under her leadership, the college became a beacon of hope and empowerment for African Americans.

Bethune's influence extended far beyond education. She was a prominent civil rights leader, advocating for the rights of African Americans and women. In 1935, she founded the National Council of Negro Women, an organization dedicated to advancing the opportunities and quality of life for African American women and their communities. Bethune served as an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, playing a key role in the New Deal and establishing the Federal Council on Negro Affairs, also known as the "Black Cabinet."

Throughout her life, Bethune championed equality, education, and social justice, using her voice to challenge racial and gender discrimination. She passed away on May 18, 1955, but her legacy lives on through the institutions she founded and the countless lives she touched.

Cultural Impact of Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune’s impact on education and civil rights is profound and enduring. Her work in establishing Bethune-Cookman College provided generations of African Americans with access to quality education, empowering them to pursue their dreams and contribute to their communities. The college remains a testament to her vision and dedication to education.

As a civil rights leader, Bethune broke barriers and paved the way for future generations. Her efforts in founding the National Council of Negro Women and her work with the "Black Cabinet" demonstrated her commitment to advocating for the rights and welfare of African Americans and women. Bethune's leadership and advocacy played a crucial role in shaping policies and programs that advanced racial equality and social justice.

Bethune's legacy is celebrated through numerous honors and memorials, including the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., and a statue in Lincoln Park, becoming the first African American woman honored in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection. Her life and work continue to inspire educators, activists, and leaders committed to equality and justice.

Mary McLeod Bethune’s contributions to education and civil rights have left an indelible mark on American history. Her unwavering commitment to equality, education, and social justice continues to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all who strive for a better, more inclusive society.

This cutout of Mary McLeod Bethune celebrates her remarkable contributions and enduring legacy as an educator and civil rights leader. It serves as a tribute to her powerful presence, her impact on education and civil rights, and her significant role in advancing social justice.

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