Bethune Cookman University

Bethune-Cookman University President Brent Chrite speaking at Florida's HBCU Impact Summit on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Tallahassee, FL.
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Bethune Cookman University is one of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Florida. The school is on probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accrediting body for universities. BCU President Brent Chrite spoke about the issue during the HBCU Impact Summit in Tallahassee.

Florida's HBCU Presidents sit amongst a panel during the Florida HBCU Impact Summit.
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Presidents of Florida’s four Historically Black Colleges & Universities met on the campus of Florida A&M University to discuss the future of HBCU’s.

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of White Hall at Bethune-Cookman University.
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Florida will soon have a new figure in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall. Education advocate and Civil Rights Pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune will have a place among American founders, explorers, inventors and presidents. Bethune’s statue replaces that of Edmund Kirby Smith—a decision approved by the Florida legislature in 2018 and recently agreed to by Gov. Ron DeSantis. But as the changeover looms in D.C., the university that bears her name is fighting for its life.

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The Florida Senate has given the green light to an effort to put a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol. Her likeness would replace a statue of a Confederate General.

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Of Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities, only Bethune Cookman University was founded in the early 1900s and named after an African American woman. In the first part of our “HBCU Profiles” series, we'll take a look at the past, present, and future of B-CU.