Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Learning from the example of her parents, Marian Wright Edelman has never stopped her battle for equality, freedom, and civil rights. Growing up in the segregated town of Bennetsville, South Carolina, Edelman saw the terrible effects of racial segregation. Black children couldn’t play in the park or sit in the drug store to order a soda. She also saw the power of positive action as her father created parks and soft drink stands for black children and a Home for the Aged for African Americans.After graduating from college, she heard inspiring lectures by civil rights leaders and realized that law school would better allow her to create the change her country desperately needed. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1963 and moved to Mississippi, becoming the first African-American woman admitted to the state bar. It was in Mississippi that she experienced first hand institutionalized illiteracy, poverty, hunger, lack of health care, and lack of hope. Edelman assisted in restoring federal Head Start funds, expanded food stamp eligibility, and served as council to the Child Development Group.She married civil rights lawyer, Peter Edelman in 1968, and moved to Washington where she served as council to the Poor People’s Campaign and created the Washington Research Project, a public interest advocacy group.In 1973, Marian Wright Edelman established the Children’s Defense Fund, the most powerful voice ever created for the millions of poor children in the United States. Over the past quarter-century, the Children’s Defense Fund has fought for funding for Head Start and other related programs that successfully provide health care, immunizations, nutritious food, and educational opportunities for poor children and their families. She has also investigated juvenile justice and foster care systems and supported anti-gun legislation.A prolific author, lecturer, and proud social agitator, Edelman has touched the lives of countless children by providing the basic necessities of success—educational opportunity, equality, justice, and hope. Edelman has received dozens of honorary degrees and many awards including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Prize. Marian Wright Edelman shines as a beacon of light illuminating what is possible for an individual to accomplish as well as a beacon of hope safeguarding all American children.Source: nwhp.org
Somehow we are going to have to develop a concept of enough for those at the top and at the bottom so that the necessities of the many are not sacrificed for the luxuries of the few.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be, our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different, and what the American experiment was going to be about.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Don't wait for, expect, or rely on favors.
Count on earning them by hard work
and perseverance.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There should not be one new dime in tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires as long as millions of children in America are poor, hungry, uneducated and without health coverage.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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