I was reading a review copy of “My Story, My Song,” a lovely, slim book that will be published in April by Lucimarian Roberts and her daughter, Robin Roberts, the coanchor on Good Morning America. In it, the elder Roberts writes beautifully about how her faith and music sustained her over the years. One of the things that stood out to me was this lovely quote from Mary McLeod Bethune’s “My Last Will and Testament:
I leave you love.
I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a respect for the use of power. I leave you faith. I leave you racial dignity. I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. I leave you, finally, a responsibility to young people.
I was thinking of that when I revisited this list of ten black women in history whose contributions to America are often overlooked. My list would be much longer. I also need to read more Mary McLeod Bethune.