“Una dona de fe i de pietat”
posted by Tippa Naphtali
27de setembre 2008
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Marian Wright Edelman és un defensor de tota la vida per als nord-americans en desavantatge, i és el fundador i president del Fons per a la Defensa dels Nens (CDF). Sota el seu lideratge, CDF s'ha convertit en la veu més forta de la nació per als nens i les famílies.
Sra. Edelman, un graduat de Spelman College i la Facultat de Dret, Va començar la seva carrera en els anys 60, quan, com la dona negre admès per primera vegada a la barra de Mississippi, va dirigir la Defensa Legal i Fons Educatiu de l'oficina a Jackson, Mississipí. En l968, es va mudar a Washington, D.C., com a assessor de la Campanya dels Pobres, que el Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. van començar a organitzar-se abans de la seva mort. Ella va fundar el Projecte de Recerca de Washington, un interès públic bufet d'advocats i l'empresa matriu del Fons de Defensa dels Nens.
For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 began CDF. Sra. Edelman served on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College which she chaired from 1976 a 1987 and was the first woman elected by alumni as a member of the Yale University Corporation on which she served from 1971 a 1977.
She has received many honorary degrees and awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship.
En 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 eight 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; I’m Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; and I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children.
She is a board member of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Association to Benefit Children, and City Lights School 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.
Marian Wright Edelman is married to Peter Edelman, a Professor at Georgetown Law School. They have three sons, Joshua, Jonah, and Ezra, two granddaughters, Ellika and Zoe, and two grandsons, Elijah and Levi.
Books by Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman has authored a number of books that provide inspiration, prayer, guidance, and motivation to people of all ages.
Marian Wright Edelman was born in and grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, one of five children. Her father, Arthur Wright, was a Baptist preacher who taught his children that Christianity required service in this world and who was influenced by A. Phillip Randolph.
Freedom Heroes: Marian Wright Edelman
“Marian Wright Edelman gave a commencement speech to the graduating class of Tarbut V’Torah in Irvine, Calif., and MY HERO was there.”