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Beat the Odds

Learning to Love What You Have

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that's wise far beyond her years: "The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present."

Shining Like a Diamond

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children need help escaping the poverty and violence and homelessness and unequal schools that are setting them up to fail.

Struggling to Change What You're Given

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Seventeen-year-old Theresa Tran is one of this year's winners of the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio's Beat the Odds® scholarships after overcoming tough odds including physical disability, the death of a beloved sibling, and a father who suddenly abandoned the family.

Celebrating Forty Years for Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On September 30th friends and supporters of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate CDF's 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Giving Thanks for the Hard Times

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"You overcome the challenges, and you learn from the obstacles. You use the experience to help you live a better life. You don't just think how bad your life was because you had to go through things; you say how lucky you are to have so much experience."

TELL US: Have You Ever 'Beat The Odds' As A Couple?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.05.2012 | Women

"When I was 19 I married a man that I had only met 9 months prior, and today we celebrate our 15th Wedding Anniversary. What is your proudest 'I beat ...

Paying It Forward After Beating the Odds

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.02.2013 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

"Something that I've learned from my mentor is always pay things forward, not necessarily with money, but with actions and deeds. You're not alone. You're not the only one out there in a bad situation. Beat the odds and you'll succeed."

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.

Remembering a Poor Baby

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

When Britany Lewis was born, no trumpets and glad tidings or even balloons and baby showers greeted her arrival. She was just another poor baby. Brita...

"The Worst Feeling"

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.24.2012 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

During this Thanksgiving week, I hope those political leaders who refuse to invest in creating new jobs to help struggling families while protecting tax breaks for the richest Americans will reflect on what their and America's true values are.