A Mary McLeod Bethune Minute

Posted: November 18, 2008 in Remember

“Mary McLeod Bethune was the fifteenth child born out of seventeen. Also she was first to be born free. She was born in 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina, twelve years after the Emancipation Proclamation announced the end of slavery. Mary was the first of her family to attend school. That first day, her teacher, Miss Wilson, opened the Bible to John 3:16 and read: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” With those words, Mary recalled, “the scales fell from my eyes, and the light came flooding in. My sense of inferiority, my fear of handicaps, dropped away. Whosoever, it said. No Jew nor Gentile, no Cahtolic nor Protestant, no black or white; just ‘whoever.’ It meant that I, a humble Negro girl, had just as much chance as anybody in the sight and love of God. Those words stored up a battery of faith and confidence and determination in my heart, which has not failed me to this day…” (source)


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