B-CU celebrates 140th birthday of founder
Bethune-Cookman University honored the legacy and life of its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, on July 9 with a program at the Gertrude Heyn Chapel. The service was followed by the laying of a wreach at the Bethune Foundation Home. The theme of the birthday observance was “Intertwined By Her Legacy.’’
The featured speaker was B-CU graduate Jada Wright-Greene, founder, editor and publisher of Heritage Salon Magazine, a publication dedicated to the African-American museum culture.
The celebration included the book release event for Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State, written by Dr. Ashley Robertson, the he Bethune Foundation’s curator and director, Dr. Ashley Robertson. The book release event is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th at the Historic Bethune Foundation Home.
Dr. Bethune was born Mary Jane McLeod on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, S.C. She founded the school in October 1904 as the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. The renowned educator and civil rights leader died in Daytona Beach on May 18, 1955.