Founded in 1986 by Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, the Bethune-DuBois Institute (BDI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established to sustain and magnify the legacies of two of America’s greatest educators and leaders: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. W.E.B. DuBois. Their sterling examples and teachings emphasized personal leadership and the importance of education and training in solving public policy problems and in advancing the status and contributions of all African Americans in the United States.
Dr. C. Delores Tucker, who served as President of BDI from its inception to her death in 2005, was a former Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She was committed to the cause of equal rights, equal justice, equal opportunity and equal responsibility for African Americans.
BDI provides resources for study and research on public policy and legislated affairs by publishing Vital Issues: The Journal Of African American Speeches. During the past two decades, this one-of-a-kind quarterly journal has published nearly 400 speeches by over 300 prominent African American and occasional (other) experts from the political, cultural, educational, legal affairs, civil rights, human rights, health, labor and religious arenas.
Speech contributors include: Dr. Dorothy Height, Dr. Betty Shbacc, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Maya Angelou, Johnnie Cochran, Winnie Mandela, and numerous members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The basis mission of The Bethune-DuBois Institute (BDI) is to develop a criteria of excellence in all arenas that will advance the interests of African Americans through education and leadership development. It does this by providing services, programs and hosting events that focus on seeking solutions to contemporary problems that challenge the country in general and African American in particular.