Marian Wright Edelman

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

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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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Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 8:39am
An All-American Crisis
“ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly .” --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 12:30pm
The Courage and Vision of Medgar Evers
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Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 9:39am
The Massive Human and Moral Cost of Gun Violence
The heartrending massacre of 20 6- and 7-year-old children and six educators in Newtown, Conn., has galvanized public attention once again after a mass shooting. But the killing of children by gun violence is not new. It has been a relentlessly unreported and under-reported plague that has snuffed out the lives of 119,079 children and teenagers since 1979.
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