Mary McLeod Bethune Council House Tour (Members Only)
February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Members of DC Preservation League are invited to join us for a National Park Service ranger-led tour of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, a National Historic Site.
Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) used the power of education, political activism, and civil service to achieve racial and gender equality throughout the United States and the world. The first person in her family born free, and the only person in her family afforded a formal education, Bethune emerged from abject poverty and oppression of the Reconstruction Era South to achieve greatness.
After founding an institute of higher education, and while serving as a college president and member of President Roosevelt’s administration, Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) on December 5, 1935. It sought to combat racial, class, and gender discrimination worldwide. The NCNW sought to unite the tens of thousands of African American women’s clubs under one umbrella, capable of instituting lasting change in the fight for women’s rights and civil rights. The visionary organization continues to operate today.
Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at her Washington, DC house. It was both the first headquarters of the NCNW and Bethune’s last home in the capital. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women. Read more about Bethune here!
*Following the tour will also be an opportunity to attend a special program hosted by the National Park Service and Archivist of the National Archives for Black Women’s History (NABWH), the only archive solely dedicated to the history of African American women. The core of the collection is the historic corporate records of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), along with personal papers, and corporate records of organizations mostly associated with the NCNW. Those in attendance will learn more about this amazing collection! Program begins right after the tour, at 2:00PM.