Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939) is an American activist for the rights of children. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund.

Marian Wright was born June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina In 1953, her father died when she was 14, urging in his last words, "Don't let anything get in the way of your education."

She attended Marlboro Training High School in Bennettsville, and went on to Spelman College and traveled the world on a Merrill scholarship and studied in the Soviet Union as a Lisle fellow. She also became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and after being arrested for her activism, she decided to study law and enrolled at Yale Law School where she earned a Juris Doctor in 1963.

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Marian Wright Edelman Quotes

The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. author and child advocate. As quoted in Richard B. Stolley, "Our Future Depends on How We Treat America's Children," Money (May 1995).
Children cannot eat rhetoric and they cannot be sheltered by commissions. I don't want to see another commission that studies the needs of kids. We need to help them.
Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. child advocate and author. As quoted in Woman to Woman&NT,: by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
You didn't have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be.
Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. author. The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Child and Yours, IV, p. 71 (1992).

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