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B-CU Alumna Shares Life Story and Lessons in New Book

Mrs. Lucille O'Neal 

B-CU alumna, humanitarian and philanthropist Lucille O'Neal recently made a number of high-profile media appearances, including "Good Morning America,” "Fox and Friends,” and Newsweek magazine, to discuss her new book Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.

The book chronicles her life story and the lessons she learned along the way.  According to her website,, "O'Neal shares her struggles and disappointments, against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments.Mrs. Lucille O'Neal book After 56 years, O'Neal has gained the wisdom to recognize her wrongs and guide other women down a different path. Her story is proof that it's never too late for a new beginning.”

In media interviews, O'Neal had many inspiring words for her readers including the advice, "I want people to know that all things are possible. When you have a dream, dream big and hold on to that dream.”

It is this kind of wisdom and her inspiring life experience that have garnered O'Neal national attention. She was also featured recently on the website, sharing "10 Tips on How to Live A Great Life” including, "Keep It Simple,” "Love Hard,” "Don't Act Your Age” and "Dream Big.”

As an adult student, Ms. O'Neal graduated magna cum laude with a major in business administration from then-Bethune-Cookman College in May 2003. She later went on to earn her master's degree in organizational management at the University of Phoenix.

"We are so proud of Mrs. O'Neal and all of her accomplishments,” noted B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "With her resilience, generosity and dedication to help others, she is an inspiration to all women who struggle to balance life's everyday challenges with the achievement personal success. This university will be forever grateful for her kindness.”

Support from O'Neal family was instrumental in the launch of the B-CU School of Nursing's Odessa Chambliss Wellness Center and the upgrading of the School of Nursing facilities.  The center is named for Mrs. O'Neal's mother, Odessa Chambliss, who was a nurse.  Significant funding to establish an endowed nursing scholarship was provided by the family's foundation, the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund.  The Lucille O'Neal Lecture Hall in the School of Nursing building was funded by contributions from Mrs. O'Neal's children.

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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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