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Marian Wright Edelman

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

Growing Seeds for a Multicultural, Multiracial Teaching Force for Our Rainbow Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan put it, "I am increasingly worried that our teachers, our administrators don't reflect the great diversity of our nation's students, and that is a real problem."

What's a Dad Good For?

Millie Grenough | Posted 06.19.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Millie Grenough

my dad - used with permission That's my Dad, Edgar Robert Grenough. Long gone, but his spirit lives on. What was special about Dad? When I asked my...

Needed: Prophetic Voices

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last week, I went back to Oberlin for my 50th reunion where much of the weekend was a celebration of our graduation ceremony in 1965, whose commencement speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine what his prophetic voice might have accomplished had he lived into the 21st century.

Mentoring is the Down Payment on Our Future

Julie Kantor | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Julie Kantor

Light her candle, let in some additional light and life to your workplace ... as she is a daughter, a sister, potentially a future mother, scientist, IT leader and she needs you to help her light up her path.

South Carolina Belles

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 03.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

In this blog, we'll learn about the contributions to our culture and economy from women with ties to South Carolina. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Something is deeply awry in our nation with the world's biggest economy that lets its children be the poorest group and the younger they are the poorer they are during their years of greatest brain development. The Prince of Peace is mocked as we let a child be injured or killed by guns every thirty minutes.

EBONY To Honor Top 100 Black Influencers Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

Ebony Magazine has a history of celebrating influential African Americans. As usual, the magazine's annual 'Power 100' list of standout figures in...

To Help Our Most Challenged Students, Listen to Them -- And Embrace Who They Are

Harriet Sanford | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Harriet Sanford

When teachers embrace students as individuals and recognize their personal strengths and needs, young people in poverty can develop the kind of confidence needed to propel them beyond their circumstances.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: Noted Panelists Discuss Then and Now

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Last week, as part of the reopening of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, I moderated three panels of civil rights advocates who reflected on early efforts to pass civil rights legislation, promises fulfilled and progress not yet made.

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Inspired by Makers

Katherine Davey | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Katherine Davey

These stories are not about women who took no for an answer; they're about women who had dreams, who found a passion for something and went with it.

Affirmative Action Needed Now More Than Ever

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

The Republican Party's efforts to repress minority voting through voter ID laws, redistricting, changing polling places and hours etc., indicate that "current conditions" are as miserable as ever

Changing the Picture of Public Leadership

Debbie Walsh | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Debbie Walsh

Which prime movers are featured in our history and government textbooks? Whose stone faces look out from Mount Rushmore? Whom do we honor with national holidays? Who are the central characters in our movies, TV shows, and books?

Solving Poverty: Dr. King's Dream and Silver Rights Not Such a New Idea

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

As we reflect this year on the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech, I think about the vast unfinished agenda of Dr. King.

Gun Control Advocates March On Washington

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.28.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of people, many holding signs with names of gun violence victims and messages such as "Ban Assault Weapons Now," joined a rall...

African American Youth Speaks Wisdom Upon a Crowd

Caylin Moore | Posted 06.06.2012 | Impact
Caylin Moore

The night before the event he ripped up his speech, threw it away, and told a story which his mother shared with him after a week filled with days of turmoil. The story of the Rock.

No Country for Kids in Hoodies

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.28.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

The right to life is an empty promise in a nation that venerates guns more than the peace and safety of the community.

Nobel Prize-Winning Women Stand Up For Peace

Deborah Richardson | Posted 12.21.2011 | Women
Deborah Richardson

What can we learn from the lives of President Sirleaf, Leymah Gbwoee, Tawakul Karman, Marian Wright Edelman and Elisabeth Omilami?

Lessons Learned From the Ark

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.21.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As we take stock of the current state of America's children and the desperate need to change direction for the future, some ancient wisdom can give us a blueprint for setting sail and getting our children to safe harbor.

The State of America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.14.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

As the president and Congress struggle to find a way to lower the budget deficit and to raise the debt ceiling before we default on our debt for the first time in history, I hope they will stay away from further cuts in essential food, health, education, and other supports children need.