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The friendship of Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt is a textbook example of the power of amity as the moral counterweight to the racist traditions of America.
Race Amity, the “Other Tradition,” — as exemplified by these two remarkable women — resulted in extraordinary actions to advance access, equity, and social justice in America.
The relationship of Bethune and Roosevelt epitomizes the concept of race amity, providing further proof that women are the primary nurturers of human development.
From being initial advocates for the establishment of a training program for African American pilots in Tuskegee, Alabama during World War II to the establishment of the “Black Cabinet” in Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration, these two women framed pathways for long-term change in America.