The Defenders :: Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman. Photo by Eddie Adams
Marian Wright Edelman. Photo by Eddie Adams

“Here we have poverty killing children, more slowly, but just as surely, as guns, in a nation that has been blessed with a $9 trillion economy.” Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, is one of the great inspirational leaders of our time. After joining civil rights protests, she went to Yale Law School and became the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. She directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Education office in Jackson, Mississippi. Under Edelman's direction, CDF provides an effective voice for poor and minority children and those with disabilities. Hers is ultimately a wake-up call, imploring us to find our soul and save our nation.


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