The Michael & Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement at Bethune-Cookman University is the physical hub for the University’s community-focused programs, which are a continuation of the rich legacy entrusted to the institution by its founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
As one of the greatest educators and civic leaders of the 20th century, Dr. Bethune successfully transformed both organizations and individuals toward more humanistic values of global care-taking. Such transformation resulted in greater respect and treatment of all citizens, regardless of color, gender, geography and economic status. Dr. Bethune’s democratic ideals were realized through personal acts of civic engagement fostered by her Town Hall meetings which brought together community stakeholders across racial and gender lines. By reaching out to one’s neighbors, Dr. Bethune helped others understand their role in making the world better for all citizens. This is one reason why Dr. Bethune is credited as a transformative leader who helped democratize American society.
The vision of Dr. Bethune continues today under the leadership of Dr. Edison O. Jackson who has challenged the University community and area residents to come together in “town and gown” meetings to discuss and resolve problems. Participants of these meetings have “voice” and “vote” to instill racial pride of self and community. More important, all participants come to recognize their responsibility for improving conditions of fellow citizens.
The Michael & Libby Johnson Center for Civic Engagement and Bethune-Cookman University will continue this legacy and at the same time build on the vision for the 21st century by providing a central location to hold:
• Town Hall Meetings
• “Brother-to-Brother” Learning Community Program
• Mary McLeod Bethune Roundtable “Town and Gown”
• President’s Transformative Leadership Workshops
• Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles
• Graduate program in Transformative Leadership
• University partnership with Volusia County Schools
• Annual Legacy Forum
• Presidential Conferences
(Community meetings, seminars and functions must be approved by the University)
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