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Creating better educational opportunities for all Americans—regardless of race or socioeconomic status—is crucial work in this country, and it’s been ongoing for decades. On July 13, America recognizes an early pioneer in education and voting rights for black Americans and women, Mary McLeod Bethune, with a statue in the U.S. Capitol. Bethune, the daughter of former slaves, became an advisor to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and dedicated her life to bettering American education.
Following this significant statue unveiling, education experts reflect on how Bethune’s vision can serve us today, especially looking at educational opportunities for all students, including African-American students.
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