|Photo: A young Mary McLeod Bethune (b. July 10, 1875 - d. May 18, 1955)|
If I have a legacy to leave my people, it is
my philosophy of living and serving.
Here, Then, is My Legacy...
- I leave you love.
- Love builds. It is positive and helpful.
- I leave you hope.
- I leave you the challenge of developing
confidence in one another.
- I leave you thirst for education.
- I leave you a respect for the uses of power.
- I leave you faith.
- I leave you racial dignity.
- I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow man.
- Yesterday, our ancestors endured the degradation of slavery, yet they retained their dignity.
- This kind of confidence will aid the economic rise of the race by bringing together the pennies and dollars of our people and ploughing them into useful channels.
- Knowledge is the prime need of the hour.
- Power, intelligently directed, can lead to more freedom.
- Faith in God is the greatest power, but great, too, is faith in oneself.
- I want Negroes to maintain their human dignity at all costs.
- I leave you, finally, a responsibility to our young people.
- The world around us really belongs to youth, for youth will take over its future management.
Mary McLeod Bethune
|Bronze memorial statue of Mary McLeod Bethune, by Robert Berks, located in Washington D.C.|