Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, a national children’s advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. 

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: 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; I'm Your Child, God: Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation

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A Christmas Prayer: O God of All Children

by Marian Wright Edelman 12-30-2013
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'Help us to love and respect and protect them all' Ppatty/Shutterstock

Let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today. And commit to act to assure hope and justice for them all.

O God of the children of Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, of South Africa and South Carolina,
Of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of India, Iraq, Iran, and Israel
Of the Congo and Chicago, of Darfur and Detroit
Of Myanmar and Mississippi and Louisiana and Yemen
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Dear President Obama

Memos to the new president from political, cultural, and religious leaders.

Leaders Are Only as Strong as the Citizens Who Raise Their Voices

by Marian Wright Edelman 11-06-2008
On the day he died, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called his mother to give her his next Sunday's sermon title.

A Victory!

by Marian Wright Edelman 07-01-2001
The refundable tax credit will help 500,000 children in poverty.

An Unfinished Symphony

by Marian Wright Edelman 03-01-1995
God's unchanging call to heal and to care.

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