President-elect Obama looks to former President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal as inspiration for his upcoming term-and some would say he should thank FDR’s adviser Mary McLeoud Bethune for helping him get into office, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Bethune was a trusted ally and friend of Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor. She also organized and led the Black Cabinet, a group of Black intellectuals who were influential in getting more Blacks registered to vote and setting the foundation for integration and inclusion.
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