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Marian Wright Edelman

Founder & President of the Children's Defense Fund

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 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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I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children

I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children

I'm Your Child God: Prayers for Our Children

I'm Your Child God: Prayers for Our Children

Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children

Guide My Feet: Prayers and Meditations for Our Children

Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors

Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors

Stand for Children

Stand for Children

Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change

Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change

Speaking Topics
  • health care

  • poverty

  • education

  • cradle to prison pipeline (CPP)

  • The State of America's Children

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Marian Wright Edelman

Founder & President of the Children's Defense Fund

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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.

Marian Wright Edelman Videos

  • Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty
    What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on...
  • Marian Wright Edelman, Delivering a Message to Martin Luther King
    Marian Wright Edelman facilitated communications between President Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this MAKERS moment, ...
  • Marian Wright Edelman Commencement Speech
    On May 25, 2015, Marian Wright Edelman delivered the commencement speech to the Oberlin Class of 2015. Read the transcript: ...

Marian Wright Edelman Books

Marian Wright Edelman Speaking Topics

  • health care

  • poverty

  • education

  • cradle to prison pipeline (CPP)

  • The State of America's Children

FAQs on booking Marian Wright Edelman

  • How to book Marian Wright Edelman?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marian Wright Edelman for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marian Wright Edelman, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marian Wright Edelman or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Marian Wright Edelman?

    Booking fees for Marian Wright Edelman, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marian Wright Edelman, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Marian Wright Edelman?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marian Wright Edelman for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marian Wright Edelman for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marian Wright Edelman or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marian Wright Edelman or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Marian Wright Edelman is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Marian Wright Edelman for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. 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 Greg Mathis, Hill Harper, Farrah Gray, John Wood and Jonah Edelman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marian Wright Edelman for an upcoming event.

Marian Wright Edelman Speaker Videos

  • Reflections from a lifetime fighting to end child poverty
    What does it take to build a national movement? In a captivating conversation with TEDWomen curator Pat Mitchell, Marian Wright Edelman reflects on her path to founding the Children's Defense Fund in...
    Marian Wright Edelman, Delivering a Message to Martin Luther King
    Marian Wright Edelman facilitated communications between President Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In this MAKERS moment, ...
  • Marian Wright Edelman Commencement Speech
    On May 25, 2015, Marian Wright Edelman delivered the commencement speech to the Oberlin Class of 2015. Read the transcript: ...
    Marian Wright Edelman on Children
    Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund ( CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for ...
  • The Talk - Marian Wright Edelman on Children Poverty in America
    Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), Marian Wright Edelman talks about American children living in poverty and ...
    Marian Wright Edelman: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know ...

Marian Wright Edelman Speaking Topics

  • health care

  • poverty

  • education

  • cradle to prison pipeline (CPP)

  • The State of America's Children

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