Mary McLeod Bethune was dubbed as “The First Lady of Struggle.”
Lake Countians can relive the spirit of a pioneering African American woman.
On Feb. 3, Ersual Knox Odom will portray Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune inside the Leesburg Public Library amphitheater. She’ll share impactful moments of Dr. Bethune’s extraordinary life.
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune(1875-1955) was the founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. She served as a New Deal government official, holding one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration, and the highest held by an African American woman.
She was also the founder of FDR’s Federal Council of Negro Affairs and she served as president of the National Association of Colored Women. In addition, she founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.
The presentation, “Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Comes to Life,” will be held at 1 p.m.
For more information, call 352.728.9790.