Mary McLeod Bethune was the 15th of 17 children born to former slaves. She started her education at age 10. Wanting to be a teacher, she graduated from Scotia Seminary and spent six years teaching in North Carolina. She wanted to be a missionary to Africa but was rejected by the Presbyterian Mission Board who did not accept African Americans for missionary work. After her marriage she opened her own school, The Daytona Educational and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls. In 1940 she served as President of the NAACP and was the founder of the National Council for Negro Women.