mary_mccloud_bethune.jpegTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A pioneering teacher, a Baptist preacher and a U.S. congressman have been named inaugural inductees of Florida's new Civil Rights Hall of Fame.


Gov. Rick Scott named Mary McLeod Bethune, the Rev. C.K. Steele and Claude Pepper to the hall on Monday. They will be honored with plaques to hang on a wall of honor in the Capitol rotunda.

Bethune established the school now known as Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. Steele organized a boycott that ended segregation on Tallahassee city buses. Pepper was best known as the nation's foremost champion of the elderly.

The Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame honors individuals who were born in Florida or adopted the state as their home.