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By her own words and example, Mary McLeod Bethune demonstrated the value of education, a philosophy of universal love, and the wise and consistent use of political power in striving for racial and gender equality.
Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune’s last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site has much to offer the visitor, from tours of the historic Council House (the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women) to special programs about the history of African American women.
Scholars wishing to conduct research in the National Archives for Black Women's History should know that the Archives are open by appointment only and that space is limited, often booked, and that one should plan ahead.