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Marian Wright Edelman to Speak on Prison System
 at Howard University’s King Lecture
Marian Wright Edelman

WASHINGTON (January 20, 2013) – Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will lead a discussion into the problems of the American prison system titled, “Prisons: A Corporate Goldmine?” The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the School of Business auditorium. 

Edelman will be joined by Rev. Janet Wolf, National Program Coordinator and director of Nonviolent Organizing to End the Cradle to Prison Pipeline of the Children’s Defense Fund.  The lecture will be facilitated by Former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Elaine R. Jones.

Under Edelman’s leadership, Children’s Defense Fund has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. Edelman is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School and began her career in the mid-60s as the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She also has published her
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ideas in several books, including The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours. In 2000, Edelman received the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Established in 2008 with the King’s $1 million donation to the University, the chair is intended to encourage highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard to share their experiences with current students. The Kings, who are both Howard alumni, inaugurated the chair to reflect their years in public service and media. The discussion on the American prison system is the third Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy lecture in the current academic year.

Janet Wolf

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