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Special Birthday Commemoration Planned For Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McCleod Bethune birthday observanceThe National Park Service, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), Bethune Cookman University Alumni Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Lincoln Park United Methodist Church will commemorate the 138th anniversary of the birth of Mary McLeod Bethune on Wednesday, July 10.

The celebration will take place from 6-8 p.m., at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, 1301 North Carolina Ave., N.E.  in Washington, DC.  Dr. Ida E. Jones will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Jones is author of the books, “Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, D.C., Activism and Education in Logan Circle,” and “The Heart of the Race Problem: The Life of Kelly Miller.”

She is the Assistant Curator of Manuscripts at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and an Adjunct Professor in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Maryland at College Park. Her areas of interest revolve around African American religion, women, and archives.

Additional presentations will include a special musical tribute, a wreath laying ceremony, and remarks by Gopaul Noojibail, Acting Superintendent of National Capital Parks–East,  Robert G. Stanton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, and other community dignitaries.

Mary McCleod Bethune statueThis event will end with a wreath laying ceremony at the Bethune Memorial Statue in Lincoln Park.

The statue, erected under the NCNW presidential leadership of Dr. Dorothy I. Height in 1974, was both the first monument to honor an African American and a woman on federal land in Washington, D.C.

Mary McLeod Bethune was a noted educator, humanitarian and advisor to four U.S. presidents. She was president and founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and president and founder of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

For additional information, call (202) 673-2402.

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