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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.

The Pledge

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Right now, many of our elected officials are letting a no-new-taxes pledge take precedence. They are putting this before the pledge to the flag, and to the republic for which it stands, and to the promise of liberty and justice for all.

Giving Black Boys a Strong Start

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

President Obama has called education the civil rights issue of our time. Now is the time for the next transforming freedom moment and movement -- to set our children free from illiteracy, low expectations, and jobless, hopeless futures.

One Woman's Freedom Movement

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The Rev. Dr. Anna Pauline "Pauli" Murray spent a lifetime challenging not only racial segregation, but systems of discrimination in all of their forms.

Remembering Dr. Benjamin E. Mays' Legacy

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.03.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Ramrod straight of posture, unwaveringly principled and caring, keenly intelligent and elegant in speech, Dr. Mays was one of the most important people to me during my college years at Spelman.

Fighting Cuts to Child Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.20.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

New York City parent Yvonne works as a home care attendant to help support her 3-year-old son Darnell. Earlier this year she received a letter saying he would be dropped from the program.

Voting Rights Under Attack

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

While the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws prohibit discrimination based on race, sex, language, ethnicity, religion and age, there is still no law that affirmatively guarantees citizens the right to vote.

From Head Start to Harvard

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.08.2011 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

"I had never seen so much color," Angelica Salazar recalls of her first days as a Head Start preschooler. Her parents, who spoke mostly Spanish, enrolled her in the program knowing their little girl would need English to succeed in school.

From the Children's Congress to the Corporations' Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Paul Ryan's "Roadmap for America's Future" is less a budget proposal than an ideological assault on the foundation of a fair society, with the least among us poised to become the principal victims.

Celebrating and Protecting Health Reform for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.02.2011 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The low cost of covering children compared to the high costs of dealing with the consequences later is a no brainer: An uninsured child costs the local community $2,100 more than coverage for a child with Medicaid.

Revisiting Marks, Mississippi

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Despite the critical immediate solutions to the pervasive child hunger Dr. King saw, the underlying crisis -- pervasive child poverty -- persists in the Mississippi Delta.

Poor Children: Stranded at Sea

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"For poor children... poverty means more than money. For them, it can be a life sentence of exile from the larger society... Poor children and children who are not poor live in utterly different worlds."

Hunger in a Season of Plenty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Canned food drives and other pleas for donations this month are a quiet reminder that for too many families, Thanksgiving will be like any other meal: not a time of plenty but a time of want.

The Importance of Healthy Communities for Boys of Color

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

A new report was released in June that sheds a sobering light on how many Black and Latino boys grow up in communities that are, in a number of ways, dangerous to their health.

CDF Freedom Schools® National Days of Social Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Is your child learning to make a difference this summer? If she is enrolled in a Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® summer program, you'l...

The Oil Spill's Impact

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Hurricane Katrina hit, it opened people's eyes to a side of race and poverty in our nation that is often hidden. There's no single signature picture of child and family suffering from the BP oil crisis this time around. But the need for help is overwhelming.

The Playground Jail

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Playgrounds across the country give our children a place to have fun and be creative. Imagine my surprise, then, when a fake "jail" appeared in a playground at the Tompkins Houses in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Honoring Our Legacies

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

All of us have a responsibility to honor the leaders who came before us and paved our way. We have a special obligation to preserve the homes and places that serve as tangible connections between history and the next generation.

The Living Skills Fifth Grade Semester: A Vision for Fighting Child Obesity

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Deborah Szekely is promoting 'Living Skills Fifth Grade Semester,' a pilot program she hopes will help educate schoolchildren on the importance of healthy lifestyles.

Home Visiting Programs: Urgently Needed Help for Young Children and Families

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

A child is abused or neglected every 41 seconds. It must be an urgent priority to strengthen the web of child and family supports to keep children safe and prevent problems before they occur.

"Beyond the Backpack": Dora the Explorer Helps Prepare Children to Start School

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Nickelodeon has launched a new initiative to help provide preschoolers the resources, skills, and support they will need to be well-prepared for school and ready to start their school years on the right path.