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Strong Programs, Strong Mentors, and Strong Mindsets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We know the commonly repeated claim that there are more Black men in prison than in college isn't true--but in 2011 Black men accounted for fewer than 6 percent of undergraduate students and 4 percent of graduate students, though they made up 8.7 percent of 18-29 year olds.

From Freedom Summer to Freedom Schools

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I moved to Mississippi at an extraordinary moment -- just in time to witness firsthand and assist the unfolding of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.

The Politics of Power and the Precious Right to Vote

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This year, let's all be alert. Be active. Use your power as one citizen and vote. Don't let anyone take it away from you. Let's mount an urgent and systematic state-by-state fight against the latest kinds of disenfranchisement.

Freedom Summer

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

The Promise of Freedom Schools

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.07.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

In many school districts across the country summer vacation is getting into full swing. But for a lucky group of nearly 10,000 children in 87 cities and 27 states around the country, it's not just summer -- it's a Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® summer.

'Freedom Schools' Promote Literacy For Underprivileged Kids Nationwide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In a country with a large achievement gap between students of color and their white peers, Freedom Schools across the country are working to help stud...

Education as Opportunity

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

African Americans have always seen education as a key to life and freedom. Frederick Douglass taught us that to educate a man is to "forever unfit him to be a slave."

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...

Rosenwald Schools: Reclaiming a Legacy

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Many Americans know very little about a group of schools that educated hundreds of thousands of black children and are their own key piece of black history.

Eleven-Year-Old Ronald's Troubling Predicament

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How many children in New Orleans and across our country are in harm's way because they fell through the cracks in our broken health care system?

Children Demand Real Child Health Reform Legislation in Congress for All Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The CDF Freedom Schools program seeks to empower children to make a difference in their families, their communities, their country and their world.

Empowering the Next Generation Through the CDF Freedom Schools® Program

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

Since 1995, more than 70,000 children and families have been touched by the CDF Freedom Schools experience.

CDF's 35th Anniversary: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marian Wright Edelman

The Children's Defense Fund looks forward to working with the Obama Administration and the new Congress to enact policies that give all children the chance to live and learn and succeed in life.

A National Day of Social Action for Health Care

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

There are 9.4 million uninsured children in America today and millions more are underinsured. Ensuring they have affordable access to timely health care is smart policy.