Born to former slaves in Mayesville, South Carolina, Bethune emerged as the nation's leading educator of American blacks. She was an advisor to four presidents, a consultant for the chartering of the United Nations and was the founder of the National Council of Negro Women, and Bethune-Cookman College. With a solid early education, she was accepted at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and then taught for years in Mayesville, Sumter, and Savannah. She moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, and Bethune-Cookman College evolved there. She was the recipient of eleven honorary degrees.