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Mary McLeod Bethune Festival Set for April 6-13

Bethune-Cookman University will participate in the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival to be held April 6-13, 2014 in Daytona Beach.

B-CU will participate in the festival with activities focused on the Five Blessings: education, civic engagement, business, health and wellness, and faith, said Evelyn Bethune, granddaughter of Mary McLeod Bethune.

In addition, the weeklong event will also include an awards gala, an R&B and jazz concert, authors’ forum, book sales, a black film festival and a gospel concert, among many other events throughout the city.

“We see this growing into one of the biggest festivals in the southeast region,” Evelyn Bethune said. “We are glad to have the participation of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Preservation Institute Inc., to make this a true testament to my grandmother’s legacy.”

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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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