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Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, is a South Carolina native and a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School. She was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. In l968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign. She helped form the Washington Research Project, a nonprofit organization that monitored federal programs for low-income families. The Washington Research Project was the parent body for the Children’s Defense Fund, which Edelman founded in 1973. She is the author of The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours.

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  • Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund (#504)

    Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund and a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged children and families, discusses the work of the CDF and the educational challenges facing the nation’s children.