Founder of Bethune-Cookman University, one of the earliest educational institutions that catered to black students. She was often referred to as "The First Lady of The Struggle" by her supporters.
She was a teacher at Haines Normal and Industrial Institute, which was founded and run by Lucy Craft Laney.
Her Daytona home is now a Historic Landmark and the university itself is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
She was born to former slaves and had to help the family work on the fields at age 5.
She was an advisor for Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential campaign and became part of his famed "Black Cabinet."
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