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Marian Wright Edelman
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Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund and its Action Council whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Entries by Marian Wright Edelman

A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:29 AM

O God of the children of Syria, Nigeria and Liberia, of Sudan, South Africa and South Carolina,
Of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Myanmar, of Israel, Iran and Iraq
Of the Congo, Central America, Charleston, and Cleveland, of Darfur and Detroit, of Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, Nepal and New Orleans,

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It's Way Past Time for America to Face These Ugly Truths

(59) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 6:03 PM

On November 14, Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia announced the university will rename two buildings on campus named for two 19th century Georgetown University presidents: Thomas F. Mulledy, who in 1838 arranged the sale of 272 slaves from Jesuit owned Maryland plantations and used the profit to...

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Revising the Undemocratic 'Map of Shame'

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 5:47 PM

“What we know about all of these voter suppression laws is that they have certain populations in their crosshairs, populations who they are trying to prohibit participation in the franchise because they fear that they will vote in a way that’s not favorable to the legislators who are...

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Helping Children Cope With Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 6:04 PM

“If you were to look down upon the world today, you would see a world divided by wars and natural disaster…you would think there is little hope…Even though there is a lot of bad in the world, we have to believe there is more good. We have to...

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Adults Are the Problem

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 10:18 PM

It is time for adults of every race and income group to break our silence about the pervasive breakdown of moral, family, and community values, to place our children first in our lives, and to struggle to model the behavior we want our children to learn. School children...

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Recalling a Time When Congressional Bipartisanship Worked for Young Children

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2015 | 9:15 PM

Amidst the shameful dysfunctional legislative gridlock of the U.S. House of Representatives, it was a great joy this week to celebrate a time and a leader – former Minnesota Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale – when bipartisanship, common sense and a national moral commitment to children and...

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Teaching the Truth About America's History: Only the Truth Can Make Us Free

(176) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 8:25 PM

The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.

--Theodore Roosevelt

History is important. If you don’t know...

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Learning Through Loss to Beat the Odds

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 6:15 PM

“Suffering is inevitable, but how you deal with it is not fixed in stone. That can change. You can develop a way to face it.”

You might expect wise words like these to come after a lifetime’s worth of experiences, but Elijah Iqbal-Scott has seen a...

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Progress for Children's Health

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the...

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The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

(112) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 6:50 PM

Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry....

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Young Black Males: Pushed Out and Away

(48) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 7:06 PM

Damien Durr is a brilliant young man who grew up in Ohio in a family of teachers where education was always stressed. No one—including Damien—ever thought he wouldn’t finish high school. When his father, grandfather and aunt all died within a short time of each other as he was starting...

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The Power of "Prophetic" Grief

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Prophetic grief is more than crying and sighing and weeping and mourning...Prophetic grief is planting gardens of healing in the midst of raindrops of blood. Prophetic grief is declaring to the world that love is stronger than hate, that God’s grace is greater than our grief, that God’s...

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Bishop Tutu's Dream

(1) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 12:53 PM

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
So the law...

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Wise Lessons in Servant-Leadership from Howard University's President

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 4:26 PM

When I was growing up my parents constantly tried to be and to expose us to good role models. Daddy would pile us children into our old Dodge and drive us to hear and meet great Black achievers whenever they came near our small hometown of Bennettsville, South...

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It's Hard to Be What You Can't See

(58) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:06 PM

“When we think about what it is to be ‘connected,’ we think about memory. We think about history. We think about storytelling. All of these words that we hear—‘literacy,’ ‘inclusion,’ ‘diversity’—those are all words for connection . . . When I say to people ‘why do we need...

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The Unthinkable Lives of So Many Black Boys: Where Are the Caring Adults?!

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 6:55 PM

What’s on the minds of many high school students these days—the start of a new school year, getting a driver’s license, worrying whether they’ll make the team, perhaps daydreaming about college and sweating over SAT exams? But that’s not what three Black male high school students told a...

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Helping Black Boys Survive: What a Difference a Smile Makes

(23) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 2:56 PM

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass

“If I tell you a smile could save a life, would you believe me? A smile can save a life. There was a gentleman, a young gentleman … named Kevin. Kevin...

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Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

(15) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 8:58 PM

Our history is for decades we humiliated people of color. For decades we excluded people of color. For decades we shamed and burdened and beat people of color. -- Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one...

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10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

(225) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 7:39 PM

Democracy cannot breathe, and will die, if those enjoined to protect and uphold the law snuff it out unjustly and without consequence. Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must...

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How to Keep Our Black Boys Alive: Channeling the Rage

(144) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 8:35 PM

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police, and all live daily with the...

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