February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate and honor African-Americans who have made a difference in the world.In the first part of a series that will commemorate local community members, Dr. Evelyn Bethune will speak to Beacon College students, faculty, staff, and select community members on February 7th, in an event titled “An Evening with Dr. Bethune.”
Dr. Bethune is the granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (founder of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach), and she is the CEO of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute (MMB Institute).The MMB Institute, founded in 2002, strives to make contributions in the advancement of education and community service initiatives, which are the passions of Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Evelyn Bethune has continued her grandmother’s legacy by making her own contributions to the community.She is a Life Member of National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and serves on numerous boards for Bethune-Cookman College, including the Volusia County Alumni Board, the Women’s Advisory Board, and the President’s Committee Round Table.
Dr. Bethune is also an active member in multiple community associations, such as the Mental Health Association of Volusia and Flagler Counties, the PACE Center for Girls, and she is also a chairperson for the New Smyrna Balloon and Sky Fest Foundation.Additionally, she is a member of the NAACP, the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce, the National Cultural Heritage Society, and she serves in many ways at her church, where she is a Sunday school teacher and Cubs of Zion organizer.
Dr. Bethune added “author” to her list of accomplishments in May of 2009 with her first book, BETHUNE: Out of Darkness into the Light of Freedom, which tells the story of the personal life and the accomplishments of her grandmother, Mary McLeod Bethune, and how her endeavors are relevant to life today.Dr. Bethune is excited for the release of her second book, Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say,which will be available Spring 2013.
Beacon College is honored to have Dr. Evelyn Bethune speak to the College community about her personal experiences, as well as the experiences of grandmother Mary McLeod Bethune, and how they have helped shape and inspire others.Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 7, just prior to Dr. Bethune’s presentation.Tickets to this event can be picked up in the Student Center.
~ Sonya Lawrence