Author Archives: Marian Wright Edelman

  • Walking While Black

    Every parent raising Black sons knows the dilemma: deciding how soon to have the talk. Choosing the words to explain to your beautiful child that there are some people who will never like or trust him just because of who he is—including some who should be there to protect him, but will ...

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  • “A Prayer For This Holy Season”

    God help us to end poverty in our time. The poverty of having a child with too little to eat and no place to sleep, no air, sunlight and space to breathe, bask, and grow. The poverty of watching your child suffer hunger or get sicker and sicker and not knowing what to do or […]

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  • More Faces of Child Poverty

    Would you recognize a poor child when you saw one? Nine-year-old Carolyn Latimore and her sister Aalijah, 8, are beautiful little girls with big smiles on their faces. But Carolyn, Aalijah, and their older brother, Robert, 17, of Middletown, Ohio, fell into poverty when their parents divorced. ...

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  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Stupid

    “The Economy Stupid” were the words on the now famous sign in successful presidential candidate Bill Clinton’s 1992 war room. Today that sign should be in the war rooms of all candidates — from those seeking the presidency down to those running for local office. And ...

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  • Getting Children Ready For School

    From new backpacks to sharp pencils, parents across the country are doing their best to cross the items off their children’s back-to-school checklists. They want to be sure that when the first day of school comes, their children will have everything they need to be ready to start and ...

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  • “Held Captive”: Child Poverty in America

    My father told me I could do and be anything I wanted to be, if I dreamed and worked hard enough for it. I took these words to heart, despite growing up in the Jim Crow era in Marlboro County, S.C. Today, too many children in Marlboro County and throughout America are not being taught […]

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