Author Archives: Marian Wright Edelman

  • The Invisible Achievement Gap

    Across the country it’s back to school time. I hope it is a year full of promise and not disappointment and added stress for all children, especially those most vulnerable. I also hope this school year begins with a renewed commitment by all teachers and school administrators to help every ...

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  • Make Hard Work Pay Again

    One of our country's most cherished values is the idea that if you work hard you can get ahead, be part of the middle class, raise a family comfortably, and ensure your children will do better than you did. But this is a hollow promise to countless families today. The sad truth is you can ...

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  • Urgency and Persistence Needed to Stop Gun Violence

    “There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate…I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I really would. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots. Let’s get rid of this. This is not America.” ...

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  • Mentors Matter

    These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same . . . If you follow the crowd, you’re going to end up dead or in jail because that’s ...

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  • ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’

    As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today. But his message to us today is as clear as it was 50 years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need […]

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  • ‘We Need a Change’

    “Dear President Obama . . . Guns are really easy to get and people think they need them to protect themselves, but most times they’re showing off and making more problems and adding to the violence . . . 7 people are too many to lose and I don’t want to see another one of […]

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  • Marian Wright Edelman Statement: Justice Denied

    WASHINGTON, July 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In case you missed it, below is the reaction of Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, to the verdict in the George Zimmerman case for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Justice Denied Until the killing of Black ...

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  • Guns Have Changed Our Lives Forever

    “Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again.” “My heart was shattered while I was working at 60 Minutes when my only sister was shot and killed ...

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  • Children Must Stop Dying from Gun Violence

    I was part of the Jan. 26 March on Washington for Gun Control. We called on members of Congress and state legislators to pass common sense gun safety laws to stop the epidemic of preventable child and adult gun deaths. Others were marching in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, San Antonio, Jersey ...

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  • CHILD WATCH: New Year’s Resolutions

    As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure our accomplishments and shortcomings in different ways. Some people count numbers on a ...

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