- Saturday, October 31st, 7:00 - 9:00PM, Awards: Second Annual State of the World Forum Awards
Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate of the disadvantaged throughout her career. Wright Edelman is the founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund; an organisation which seeks to ensure that every child has a healthy, fair, safe, moral start in life, with the help of caring families and communities. The Children's Defense Fund is a United States national voice for children and families.
Wright Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defence and Educational Fund office in Jackson. Wright Edelman moved to Washington to act as counsel for the Poor People's March which Dr. Martin Luther King began to organise before his death. She also founded the Washington Research Project and has served at Harvard University. Wright Edelman is the author of a number of books, including Families in Peril, The Measure of Our Success, and Guide My Feet. She has received many honorary degrees and awards for her work, including the Heinz Award and Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize.
Marian Wright Edelman is a 1998 recipient of the State of The World Forum Award.
Children's Defense Fund
Marian Wright Edelman
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People