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I Leave You Love Play

March 18, 2009

Curtain to Go Up on Performance of Mary McLeod Bethune Bio Play


On April 2nd and 3rd, the Daytona Beach community is invited to attend a theatrical performance depicting the life of one of the city’s most famous residents – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.  The play, called “I Leave You Love,” will be performed at 7:30pm on April 2nd and 3rd at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.

The drama centers on Dr. Bethune's reflections on her past which come alive as she composes her last will and testament.  The series of reveries reveal her as a young girl, a wife, an educator, a fighter for civil rights, and a stateswoman. Throughout, her determination and the immortality of her legacy are resonant themes. The basic setting for her reveries is late afternoon on Mother's Day, May 1955 in Dr. Bethune's home on the campus of then-Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach. 

“I Leave You Love” was written by Dr. Lois Fennelly, a B-CU alumna who is currently a professor of English at the University. The play was first presented in 1983 as a student production.

Julius John, B-CU professor of speech communications will direct this year’s production. The cast includes faculty, staff, and students for Bethune-Cookman University; faculty and staff from Daytona State College, and local elementary school students.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center is located at 698 West International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL. Tickets are $3.00 at the door; there will be no advance ticket sales.

No video or audio recordings of this presentation are permitted without the permission of the author.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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