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____ Jane McLeod was born to former slaves in Mayesville, South Carolina, on July 10, 1875. She was the fifteenth of seventeen children.

Once when she was quite young, ____ picked up a book while she was playing with a white child whose parents employed ____'s mother. The white child grabbed the book and told ____ she couldn't have it because African-Americans couldn't read. This may help explain ____'s lifelong devotion to education.

Her parents wanted her to have an education and encouraged ____ to take advantage of opportunities that were presented to her. When she was about 11, a school was opened for African-American children. It was four miles from her home, but ____ walked to and from the school each day. A few years later she was chosen for a scholarship at Scotia Seminary in North Carolina. From there she received a scholarship to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she was the only African-American student in the school.

After she graduated, she taught in Chicago where she visited prisoners in jail, served lunches to the homeless, and worked with the residents of the slums. Turned down when she applied to go to Africa as a missionary, she returned to the South. She married Albertus ____ and began to teach school.

In Daytona, Florida, in 1904 she scraped together $1.50 to begin a school with just five students. She called it the Daytona Literary and Industrial School for Training Negro Girls. She charged her students 50 cents a week tuition, but would not turn down any girl who wanted to learn. She furnished her school with chairs made out of boxes and desks made out of packing crates. A gifted teacher and leader, Mrs. ____ ran her school with a combination of unshakable faith and remarkable organizational skills. Within three years the school was able to move to a permanent home. She was a brilliant speaker and fundraiser. She expanded the school to a high school, then a junior college, and finally it became Bethune-Cookman College.

Mrs. ____ understood the importance of political participation and was an inspiring representative of her people. She founded the National Council of Negro Women, served as President Roosevelt's Special Advisor on Minority Affairs, and was Director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration, making her the first African-American woman to become a federal agency head.

She was recognized for her hard work during her lifetime and received many honors including an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Rollins College in 1949. She was the first African-American to receive an honorary degree from a white southern college.

She died on May 18, 1955. On July 10, 1974, 99 years after her birth, she became the first African-American woman to be honored with a statue in a public park in Washington, D.C.

Her house on the Bethune-Cookman College campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is maintained as a National Historic Landmark.

She was told she couldn't have a book because African-American children couldn't read.

She became a good friend of Eleanor Roosevelt.

She attended Scotia Seminary and Moody Bible Institute on scholarships.

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