In 1938, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt challenged the segregation rules at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in Birmingham, Alabama, so she could sit next to African-American educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Roosevelt would come to refer to Bethune as “her closest friend in her age group.” Bethune, a leader in the American black community founded Dayton Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls which later merged with Cookman Institute to form Bethune-Cookman College. She also founded the National Council of Negro Women and was director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration. Additionally, she served as special adviser on minority affairs to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Diversity Committee Black History Program: “ Exploring Black Women in Hip Hop”
Speaker: Dr. Felecia Harris
Date: February 18
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Tate Hall