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B-CU Alumni Shares Importance of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statue in Washington, D.C.

Former Students and Alumni of Dr. Bethune Share in Her LegacyMMB

During the 48th Annual National Alumni Association Convention, university alumni and former students of Dr. Bethune shared the importance of her image being selected for a statue in Washington, D.C. Several weeks ago Dr. Bethune is the top choice candidate in the State of Florida to have her statue placed in the capital. With over 1,200 votes, four committee members deliberated and chose the top three candidates that would be presented to legislation.

“There’s no where in the world that people don’t know about Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and her legacy. Not only what she’s done for the university, but what she’s done for the United States. It would be an esteemed honor to have her statue marked in history in Washington, D.C.,” said Cynthia Walker Bland, Orlando Alumni Chapter President. 

Dr. Bethune was a visionary who paved the way for African-Americans to have a quality education. Her legacy of scholarship, faith and service still resides in the hearts of current students.

Elizabeth Monings a former student of Dr. Bethune shared her interactions with the founder and her thoughts on the nomination. “I was a student at B-CU when Ms. Bethune was there. She was a role model for the girls and the boys. Dr. Bethune was a unique influence in Daytona and around the world. She would talk to me and all of the students and invite us to her home. On campus, she would demonstrate the proper ways to speak, dress and act towards each other and guests. We need her as a role model now because of different things that have been happening within our society. Surely her statue being of prominence is a token of love, respect and pride. Any prestigious landmark would be proper to commemorate her. Because of who she was and who she is, we still feel her presence.”

A monument of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Emancipation Memorial, is located in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C. It was built in 1973 and is the first sculpture in the nation’s capital to display an African-American leader. Groundbreaking history will be made if Dr. Bethune is selected in having her honor displayed in more than one city. She will be the only African-American woman to receive this kind of recognition. An announcement will be made next year.

For media inquiries, please contact Keisha Boyd- boydk@cookman.edu or (386) 481-2991.

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.