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Making UN History: Mary McLeod Bethune & Eleanor Roosevelt


Discover the incredible story of an unlikely friendship that changed history in this week's episode. Join Abiola Afolayan, a former United Nations lawyer, as she tells us the story of how Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt made an impact on the UN and world peace. These two incredible women came from vastly different backgrounds and used their differences to create a lasting friendship that made the world a better place for everyone.

About the Host

Abiola Afolayan is an international lawyer and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her policy focus is on the humanitarian development-peace-security nexus, human rights, the rule of law and the empowerment of women and girls. She is the author of the book “A Seat at the Table for Women, Girls and Movements: A Manifesto on Peace and Security," framed around UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.