Founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund -- and bestselling author -- Marian Wright Edelman looks back on what has been done, and what still needs to be done, to make our nation and world safe and fair for all children.
Edelman discusses her book, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman was born in and grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, one of five children.
In 1963, after graduating from Yale Law School, Marian Wright Edelman worked first in New York for the NAACP Legal and Defense Fund, and then in Mississippi for the same organization. There, she became the first African American woman to practice law. During her time in Mississippi, she worked on racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement, and she also helped get a Head Start program established in her community.
As part of the efforts of Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund on behalf of children, she has also advocated pregnancy prevention, child care funding, health care funding, prenatal care, parental responsibility for education in values, reducing the violent images presented to children, and selective gun control in the wake of school shootings.
Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She is co-author of the national best-seller The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman.
The book was chosen by independent bookstores as the #1 political title of the 2004 election season. The book was also chosen as one of the top 50 nonfiction books of 2004 by the editors of Publishers Weekly.
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