Tue, May 16|
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe'
Mary McLeod Bethune: The Pan-Africanist Book Release & Signing with Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston
Join Dr. Ashley Preston for the release of Mary McLeod Bethune The Pan-Africanist ! Learn about Bethune's global activism and connection throughout the African Diaspora.
Time & Location
May 16, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe', 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
About The Event
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About the Book
Highlighting Bethune's global activism and her connections throughout the African diaspora This book examines the pan-Africanism of Mary McLeod Bethune through her work, which internationalized the scope of Black women's organizations to create solidarity among Africans throughout the diaspora. Broadening the familiar view of Bethune as an advocate for racial and gender equality within the United States, Ashley Preston argues that Bethune consistently sought to unify African descendants around the world with her writings, through travel, and as an advisor.Preston shows how Bethune's early involvement with Black women's organizations created personal connections across Cuba, Haiti, India, and Africa and shaped her global vision. Bethune founded and led the National Council of Negro Women, which strengthened coalitions with women across the diaspora to address issues in their local communities. Bethune served as director of the Division of Negro Affairs for the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, and later as associate consultant for the United Nations alongside W.E.B. DuBois and Walter White, using her influence to address diversity in the military, decolonization, suffrage, and imperialism. Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist provides a fuller, more accurate understanding of Bethune's work, illustrating the perspective and activism behind Bethune's much-quoted words: "For I am my mother's daughter, and the drums of Africa still beat in my heart."
About the Author
Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston is assistant professor of history at Howard University. She is the former director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation National Historic Landmark in Daytona Beach and has worked at the National Archives for Black Women's History at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, DC. Preston is the author of Mary McLeod Bethune in Florida: Bringing Social Justice to the Sunshine State.
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This ticket includes a copy of Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist