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Marian Wright Edelman
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Advocate
    (June 6, 1939- )
    Born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
    Maiden name was Marian Wright
    Worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    Founded the Children's Defense Fund (1973)
    Wrote 'Families in Peril' (1987), 'The Measure of Our Success' (1992), 'Guide My Feet' (1995), 'The State of America's Children' (2000) and 'The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small' (2008)
    Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000)
    She said one of the reasons she moved from civil rights to children's advocacy was 'The country was tired of the concerns of the sixties. When you talked about poor people or black people you faced a shrinking audience.'
    She received over a hundred honorary degrees.
    She blogs for the Huffington Post.
    Hillary Clinton considered her a mentor until they had a falling out over Bill's support for welfare reform. ('Hillary Clinton is an old friend, but they are not friends in politics.')
    The Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector described her as 'very far to the left and very out of sync.'
    When she was fourteen, her father died, with his last words to her being, 'Don't let anything get in the way of your education.'
    She was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi.
    Ted Kennedy called her 'the 101st Senator on children's issues.'
    She received a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant.' (1985)
    She advocates for youth pregnancy prevention, child-care funding, prenatal care, childhood immunization and greater parental responsibility.
    She said, 'If you don’t like the way the world is, you have an obligation to change it. Just do it one step at a time.'

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