I'm remembering Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator who, in 1904 with just $1.50, founded a school for African American girls in Daytona, Florida, and oversaw it through its transformation to a co-ed college.
Bethune understood the power of education and how it can change the course of a child’s life. She also knew the power in politics, and worked to register black voters and served as an adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
As a 24-year-old fighting for educational equity for children like my own, I value her work and lifetime commitment to civil rights. It reminds me of the immense value of public education and encourages me to never stop fighting for our children's right to a high-quality education.
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