Marian Wright Edelman Archives

Much more than summer school

June 27, 2019

Close your eyes and think about the words ‘summer school.’ What comes to mind? If you picture a room full of children clapping, cheering, laughing and falling in love with reading you could be imagining the experience thousands of children across the country are about to have as they participate in the Children’s Defense Fund… [Read More]

A summer to remember

June 13, 2019

As the school year ends and families look ahead to summer plans, I hope many will be able to consider travel that is not just a vacation, but an education and inspiration. Several years ago I had the opportunity to take my granddaughters with me to Selma, Alabama, where they got to meet Mrs. Amelia… [Read More]

You can’t win like that

May 16, 2019

“I can’t do a lot of the extra stuff that I would like to do for my kids or with my kids because I just can’t afford to. No vacations. There’s not too much going to the movies or little outings. Even getting school uniforms together is expensive. Sometimes they have to wear stuff from… [Read More]

Succeeding against the odds

November 22, 2018

After two years of divisive, hateful rhetoric from the highest levels of government, the profoundly inhumane treatment of immigrant families, and the placing of corporate profits ahead of the basic needs of children—the poorest age group in America—the results of the November 6th election instilled in many that most precious resource: hope. Change began sweeping… [Read More]

Our children are saying “We are afraid”

October 4, 2018

We are afraid because there are too many threats at schools. I want my school to be safe and to have art because kids like art. –8-year-old girl, Wisconsin What worries children most at the start of a new school year? In simpler times it might have been remembering their locker combination or making sure… [Read More]

The test of our progress

September 20, 2018

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” These words are from President Franklin Roosevelt’s second inaugural address given January 20, 1937. The President was speaking to a nation crawling out of… [Read More]

Childhoods ended by guns

August 10, 2018

Child Watch By: Marian Wright Edelman President of the Children’s Defense Fund On July 16, 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson was shot and killed in front of her Washington, DC home trying to buy ice cream. Makiyah was a rising fifth grader who loved basketball, football, art, and puzzles. She had just opened her front door on… [Read More]

We must never give up!

April 29, 2013

Child Watch By Marian Wright Edelman The United States Senate’s failure to pass common sense gun safety measures – the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible… [Read More]