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Mary McLeod Bethune

"The drums of Africa still beat in my heart. They will not let me rest." As a child, Mary McLeod Bethune loved to read. As an adult, she loved to teach — and she believed that education was key to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their race, could enjoy the promise of the American dream. Everywhere she saw a need, she searched for a solution, and she worked her whole life to make the world a better place.

This simply told biography of an outstanding black educator during the years following the Civil War, from the award-winning author/illustrator team of Eloise Greenfield and Jerry Pinkney, celebrates the determination this dedicated educator and activist. Kids will be astounded to hear how hard she had to fight for education for both herself and the children she taught. With its clear text and glorious illustrations, it's a fitting tribute to a pioneering black woman.

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"During the years following the Civil War in rural South Carolina where opportunities for blacks to go to school were nonexistent, [Mary McLeod Bethune] had to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of education for all children. Simply told, this biography of an outstanding black educator has excellent illustrations." — School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 10
Author Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney
ISBN 0064461688
Publication Date Jul 21, 1994
Publisher HarperCollins
Language English