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Mary McLeod Bethune
   
 
 
 
 
 
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Born to former slaves, Bethune worked for the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 and lobbied for his support on a proposed law (Costigan-Wagner) against lynching. Former president of the NAACP; founder of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW); and founder of Bethune-Cookman College, where she served as president from 1923-1942 and 1946-1947. Her house is preserved by the National Park Service as Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.