Marian Wright Edelman


Marian was born in Bennetsville, South Carolina on June 6, 1939. She was the youngest of five children. When Marian was little, many people thought that a black female couldn't become a lawyer.  She graduated from Spelman College with her B.A..  A few years later she graduated from  Yale Law School.   Marian became the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar.
From 1963 through 1968 she served as a legal defense attorney for the NAACP in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1968 Marian moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign. After that she founded the Washington Public Policy Resource Center which developed into the Children Defense Fund.  Then she wrote  ''Families In Peril,'' but her best success was ''A Letter to My Children and Yours.''  Hilary Clinton was also her personal associate.  Marian also organized a national march on behalf of children called " The Stand for Children March."

Today she is 60 years old and is still helping the children.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman today           In the 2nd picture Marian Edelman
is still helping the                                speaks for the children.
children and
writing her books.

Created by: Kellie Washington