ERIC Number: EJ874712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Reference Count: 9
Women in History--Marian Wright Edelman: Crusader for Civil and Children's Rights
Mills, Shirley J.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v4 n2 p73-76 Apr 2006
This article profiles Marian Wright Edelman, a crusader for civil and children's rights. She was born June 6, 1939, at a time when prejudice and segregation were the norm. The Wright family lived in a small, southern town of Bennetsville, South Carolina, where Marian was the youngest of five children. Her father, the Reverend Arthur Jerome Wright, was a Baptist preacher, and her mother, Maggie Leola Bowen Wright, was an activist for the rights of women and African-Americans. Her father expected his children to do two things--work hard at getting an education and serve others through community service. Marian Wright was encouraged by her parents, teachers, and church leaders to live her life with no limits. These key adults kept telling her that she could go anywhere and do anything she wanted regardless of the limits placed upon her by society. These humble beginnings set the stage for a brilliant law career and a career of advocacy for children and marginalized families. With multiple degrees, countless honors, several books, and a long array of national and international experiences to her credit, she is quick to note that her modest beginnings were the foundation of her strength today. Marian Wright Edelman's most influential political tie was during the Clinton Administration. Former First Lady and current New York State Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, was once a Children's Defense Fund staff attorney and chairperson. Through this political tie, Edelman was able to advance the cause of children's rights and the plight of African Americans in general. Edelman continues to fearlessly crusade for the rights of the poor and marginalized children. Her unfailing devotion to this cause has proven over and over that it is possible for one individual to accomplish greatness.
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Childrens Rights, Child Advocacy, Federal Government, Profiles, Careers, Lawyers, Racial Bias, Economically Disadvantaged, Recognition (Achievement)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina