civil rights leader mary mcleod bethune to replace statue of confederate general at the u.s. capitol
March 2, 2018
America is still racist AF, but symbolic progress is still being made. Down in Florida, a statue of Civil Rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune will now replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as a representative of the state at the U.S. capital. Govern Rick Scott plans to sign the bill which was voted in 11-1. Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, who is running for Attorney General, cast the only dissenting vote, apparently feeling that a white supremacist best represents him and his constituency.
Bethune will become the first African-American woman to be honored by a state in the national hall. She founded what became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach and was an adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt.
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