Posted by: Kirsten | Monday, 10 December 2007

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS Lesson Plan

Teaching with Historic Places Posts 135th Online Lesson Plan

Mary McLeod Bethune Council HouseFrom the NPS website…

The National Park Service’s “Teaching with Historic Places” program has posted its 135th online lesson plan. In The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House: African American Women Unite for Change, students meet Bethune and learn how she and the organization she founded promoted political and social change for African American women. The lesson was sponsored by the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site.

As the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women, this house played a prominent role in advancing the causes of African American women around the country. From 1943 until 1966, it provided the setting for countless meetings in which NCNW members discussed pivotal national events such as the integration of the military and public schools. Here also they created and implemented programs to combat discrimination in housing, healthcare, and employment.

Mary McLeod BethuneWho was Mary McLeod Bethune?

Mary McLeod Bethune was the 15th of 17 children of former slaves. She grew up amidst the poverty and oppression of the Reconstruction South, yet rose to prominence as an educator, presidential advisor, and political activist. Her life demonstrated the value of education, a philosophy of universal love, and the wise and consistent use of political power in striving for racial and gender equality.  more…

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