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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

June 6th


Born this day in 1939, Marian Wright Edelman, activist,advocate for children, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. Edelman was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar.
Edelman's passion for the well being of children convinced congress to overhaul foster care, support adoption, improve child care, protect children who are disabled, homeless, abused, and neglected.

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.”[3]
Edelman has been honored with the, MacArthur Fellowship, Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, Boy Scouts of America, Silver Buffalo Award. And in 2000 the Presidential Medal of Freedom.