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After a brief stint at Haines, she moved on to teach at Kendall Institute in Sumter, South Carolina. There she met and married Albertus Bethune. When he was offered a teaching position in Savannah, Georgia, Mary followed him. Although they had a young son, she persuaded her husband to let her take a teaching position at a missionary school in Palatka, Florida. There she began a long career of organizing and administering schools, starting at a Presbyterian school in 1900, and an independent school two years later.
New York: Doubleday, 2006. Thompson, Clifford, ed. Current Biography 2000. New York: H. W. Wilson, 2000. C ton School of Business and started a promising career as a Wall Street investment banker for a Boston firm. Shortly thereafter he transferred to the bond firm of Hibbard, O’Connor and Weeks in his hometown of Houston. Although he was content being an active layman in church, he began to feel the call to the ministry. “I wasn’t looking to do it,” he insists. One day in October 1978, he stunned his boss by suddenly resigning to enter the seminary.
Eventually, Butts would earn his master’s degree from Union as well as a doctorate in church and public policy from Drew Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He also served as an adjunct professor at City College of New York and at Fordham University in the Bronx in the late 1970s. In his early years at Abyssinian Baptist, Butts expanded his role into social and political arenas and created a stir in the church community with his aggressive and outspoken tactics. He criticized politicians for being too timid in addressing the real problems of the inner city.
African-American Religious Leaders by Nathan Aaseng