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Women of the Hall

Year Honored: 1993
Birth: 1939 -
Born In: South Carolina, United States of America
Achievements: Humanities
Educated In: South Carolina, Georgia, Connecticut
Schools Attended: Marlboro Training High School (Marlboro County High School), Spelman College, Yale Law School
Worked In: Mississippi, Massachusetts, District of Columbia

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Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, civil rights activist and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, has dedicated her life to those who cannot always lift themselves up. Edelman obtained a law degree at Yale and worked in Mississippi, becoming the first African-American woman to be admitted to that state's bar. As a leader with the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Edelman helped coordinate the Poor People's Campaign after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. She founded the Children's Defense Fund in the 1970s, to apply pressure on the federal government to help poor children, and to coordinate nationwide activities to help children. Considered the nation's most powerful children's lobby, CDF secured the 1990 Act for Better Child Care, bringing more than $3 billion into daycare facilities and other programs. Many consider this law the first federal government acknowledgment that children matter. With 14.3 million American children living in poverty, Edelman continues her advocacy, focusing on expanding Head Start, health care and support for homeless children. In l993 Edelman published her book, The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours.
Additional Sources:
Old, Wendie C. Marian Wright Edelman: Fighting for Children's Rights. Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1995.

The Measure of our Success: a letter to my children and yours. New York: HarperPerennial, 1993. NOTES: Originally published: Boston: Beacon Press, c1992.

Families in Peril: an agenda for social change. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, c 1987. NOTES: ""The W.E.B. Du Bois lectures"" series; 1986. Includes index. Bibliography: p. [115]-122.

Lanterns: a memoir of mentors.Stand for Children New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 1998.

Guide my Feet: prayers and meditations on loving and working for children.Beacon Press, 1995.

I'm YOur Child, God: Prayers for children and teenagers. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2002.

The Elizabeth Wickenden Papers 1923-1991, 15.4 ft. State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives Division. Madison, Wisconsin.