Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is the president of the Children's Defense Fund.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 11:30am
Who Are We? What Do We Americans Truly Value?
Too much and for too long, we seem to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now is over $800 billion dollars a year... if we judge the United States of America by that... Gross National Product counts air...
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
Celebrating Dr. King Through Service
"If you want to be important--wonderful. If you want to be recognized--wonderful. If you want to be great--wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that...
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Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:30am
Pondering the Deeper Meanings of This Holy Season
After all the shopping and preparation for celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, I hope we will stop and sit and think more deeply about their meaning in our over commercialized, trivialized, mass selling mania for and to children and deeply stressful time for so many. The poor baby in a...
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Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 9:45am
Children in the Desert
Bishop Minerva Carcaño, the Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church, is acting with urgency. Along with more than 100 other religious leaders and activists, she was arrested for civil disobedience at the White House for protesting the deportation of the unaccompanied...
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Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 9:40am
Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son—we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens. --Ella Baker
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Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 9:42am
One Year Later
"We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear." --Nelson Mandela
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Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 8:32am
Teddy Bears, Toy Guns, and Real Guns
Imagine your kindergartner is visiting a new friend’s house. During the hour they are running around together they’ll pick up and play with all three of the following things, but only two of them have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for safety standards. Which one do you want to be sure has been regulated for safety?
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Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 2:59pm
How Children Transformed America
“Daddy,” the boy said, “I don't want to disobey you, but I have made my pledge. If you try to keep me home, I will sneak off. If you think I deserve to be punished for that, I'll just have to take the punishment. For, you see, I'm not doing this only because I want to be free. I'm doing it also because I want freedom for you and Mama, and I want it to come before you die.”
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 12:57pm
Right and Wrong Answers on School Safety
Here’s a multiple-choice quiz: Which of the following should be part of a model school safety plan? a) Proven evidence-based models for school violence reduction that focus on preventing misbehavior and violence by promoting a healthy, positive school climate. b) Threat assessment, emphasis on positive behavioral interventions, social and emotional learning, nonviolent conflict resolution, and community engagement including parents, students, educators, and faith and civic leaders.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 8:09am
Listen to the Children
“My friends are dead. I saw the bad man. He was next to me when we ran out.” “I played ball with him. Now he is dead.” “My friend got killed cause she didn’t hide good enough.” “Do you think it is my fault?”
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