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Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Keynote Speaker: Founder & President of the Children's Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman Biography

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families. The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to leave no child behind and to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

 Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, MS. In l968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in l973 began CDF.

 Edelman served on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College which she chaired from 1976 to 1987 and was the first woman elected by alumni as a member of the Yale University Corporation on which she served from 1971 to 1977. She has received many honorary degrees and awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include seven books: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours; Guide My Feet: Meditations and Prayers on Loving and Working for Children; Stand for Children; Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors; Hold My Hand: Prayers for Building a Movement to Leave No Child Behind; and I'm Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children.

 She is a board member of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Association to Benefit Children, City Lights School, and Outward Bound and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Marian Wright Edelman Speaking Topics

The State of America's Children

cradle to prison pipeline (CPP)

education

poverty

health care

Marian Wright Edelman Videos

Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty
Marian Wright Edelman, Delivering a Message to Martin Luther King
Marian Wright Edelman Commencement Speech

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What topics does Marian Wright Edelman speak about?

Marian Wright Edelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Black Heritage, Diversity, Law, Inspirational, Political, Family & Parenting, Authors, Business Leadership, Civil Rights, Personal Growth, Influential Women, Motivational, Government, Literacy, College, Education, Leadership, TED and Culture.

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Marian Wright Edelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Black Heritage, Diversity and Law. The estimated speaking fee range to book Marian Wright Edelman for live events is $30,000 - $50,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Marian Wright Edelman generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Judge Glenda Hatchett, Hill Harper and Erin Gruwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marian Wright Edelman for an upcoming event.

Marian Wright Edelman Speaking Topics

  • The State of America's Children

  • cradle to prison pipeline (CPP)

  • education

  • poverty

  • health care

Marian Wright Edelman Videos

Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty
Marian Wright Edelman, Delivering a Message to Martin Luther King
Marian Wright Edelman Commencement Speech
Marian Wright Edelman on Children
The Talk - Marian Wright Edelman on Children Poverty in America
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