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An Evening with Marian Wright Edelman on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19, 2004

The Center of New Hampshire / Holiday Inn
Manchester, NH
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This event was presented by the Global Citizens Circle and Give Us Your Poor in partnership with the Center for Social Policy and UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School and was moderated by Felix Torres. The evening included the showing of the Give US Your Poor documentary film short, remarks by Global Citizens Circle, Give US Your Poor, and a dialogue discussion with Marian Wright Edelman.

A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back - but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us.” – Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is a pre-eminent authority on children's issues and has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional career. Under her leadership, the Children's Defense Fund has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.

A member of GCC's International Advisory Board, Marian Wright Edelman received the first award presented by Global Citizens Circle in 1988 and led the discussion, Defending Our Children.

Mrs. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her carer in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Jackson. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death.

From her work with poor children in Mississippi in the 1960s to her national reach and influence today, Mrs. Edelman has endeavored to give all children the public voice they lack, yet so desperately need. Through the Children's Defense Fund, which she founded over 20 years ago, Mrs. Edelman has sought to bring the plight of children to the attention of policy makers and the public. Sometimes described as the '101st senator for children,' she has been a vigorous advocate for the creation and funding of programs to improve children's lives, for strengthening families and for weaving a web of community support for children.

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