Mary McLeod Bethune was an African American educator and college president. While Bethune was born free in South Carolina in 1875, freedom did not mean equal living in the South.
Education became her passion when she recognized the major difference between black and white people was the ability to read. Her efforts led to the birth of Bethune-Cookman College in 1923, a private institution for Blacks.
Before Bethune’s death in 1955, she touched the lives of thousands of young black adults and became known as “Mama Bethune.” In her last will and testament, she wrote, “I leave you finally a responsibility to our young people.”
Mary Bethune’s life should challenge us to serve young people who represent generations of tomorrows. She lived what this session teaches—to passionately pass along our faith by guiding others in righteousness. This can be achieved by communicating God’s Word with others.