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
The literacy level at Mississippi prisons? Fifth grade. Can't read, what are you going to do? If you've got a conviction rap, what are you going to do? It's a real crisis.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You can achieve much in life if you don't mind doing the work and giving someone else the credit.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [01/15/2008 12:01:00]
the poor have been sent to the front lines of a federal budget deficit reduction war that few other groups were drafted to fight ...More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I feel very lucky to have grown up having interaction with adults who were making change but who were far from perfect beings. That feeling of not being paralyzed by your incredible inadequacy as a human being, which I feel every day, is a part of the legacy that I've gotten from so many of the adult elders.More Marian Wright Edelman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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