So emotional and redemptive–here I am with my mini cohort within the larger Delaware Planed Parenthood bus. Visiting friends an easy distance from D.C.
We’re at the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial of all places. I read a biography of her when I was in grade school and always loved her because she was an educator. Maybe I had an intuition I was going to become a teacher–and there weren’t many biographies of people famous for that.
The monument is the first statue erected on public land in Washington, D.C. to honor an African American and a woman. The statue features an elderly Mrs. Bethune handing a copy of her legacy to two young black children. Mrs. Bethune is supporting herself by a cane given to her by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
May I just say she isn’t the only person in the photo using a cane. That, and a newish pair of boots (my old ones literally fell apart), were my trusty allies.