In honor of the statue unveiling of Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune at the Washington Capitol, National Statuary Hall, Washington D.C., USA. I am proud to join you to offer my congratulations upon this historic moment. Dr. Bethune’s statue is named as the first “Black” American in the Statutory hall, where I would also like to take the time to reflect upon what Dr. Bethune stood for, her journey of life that stemmed from Florida.
Among many accomplishments she was known for her work as a Civil Rights activist, Philanthropist and American educator. Today as she is honored in the National Statuary Hall, I am sure that she would be humbled and proud with this very kind gesture from Florida State. I also reflected upon how she would comment, what she would think about, in-terms of the divisions that stem from party politics, race-based issues, and civil unrest? And how she would try to create cohesion and harmony educating younger generations within schooling systems. I also appreciate that these efforts are included with Juneteenth as a legislated federal holiday, as nation (s) confronts histories that are connected with slavery.
Thank you to all that made this ceremony possible. In a special way to thank Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for delivering your remarks, and representing the State of Florida. Florida is where Dr. Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born, it is also why this statue was made possible by the approval of the Florida State Legislature and Governor of Florida. Thank you. Thank you also to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who hosted the ceremony. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) for your attendance of the ceremony.
- The Washington Post | Capitol statue collection gets first Black American, replacing Confederate
- Regional Puebla | El Capitolio recibe una estatua de Mary McLeod Bethune, la primera afroamericana via, .@SenMarcoRubio
With Love & Kindness!🇺🇸