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B-CU Oral History Collection

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the BCU Oral History Collection which documents the history of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and the school she founded in 1904. Information related to our founder, BCU history, Urban Renewal in Daytona Beach, BCU students’ family histories; politics and government; and social and community history of the African Diaspora comes from carefully researched interviews and interpretative historical materials for public dissemination.

The BCU Oral History Collection represents the work of hundreds of BCU students and interviewees. Since 2001, students in the College of Liberal Arts courses, specifically Oral History and African American History, have continuously studied the vision and impact of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune as well as the rich history of Bethune Cookman University and blacks in Florida.

The voices and stories in the BCU Oral History Collection document some of the vision, impact, and history of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Students in African American History classes created portfolios of interviews with elders. Students in Oral History classes interviewed BCU individuals with long relationships with the school - many who knew Mrs. Bethune personally. Local veterans as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project contributed personal stories from WWII, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror.

The BCU Oral History Collection webpage is under construction. We thank you for your patience as we roll out more features over time, highlighting individuals with connections to the Bethune Cookman University and community. All of the oral history projects are ongoing and we welcome suggestions, comments and especially leads about individuals to interview.

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