Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman talks with Harvard University's Charles Ogletree about her work in ending the "cradle to prison pipeline".
She discusses the social and economic conditions that have created a system where millions of children are born without hope for a better future.
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.
Charles J. Ogletree Jr.
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice (www.charleshamiltonhouston.org), named in honor of the visionary lawyer who spearheaded the litigation in Brown v. Board of Education, opened in September 2005, and focuses on a variety of issues relating to race and justice, and will sponsor research, hold conferences, and provide policy analysis.
Professor Ogletree's most recent book, co-edited with Professor Austin Sarat of Amherst College is From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race and Death Penalty in America, and was published by New York University Press in May 2006. His historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (www.alldeliberatespeed.com), was published by W.W. Norton & Company in April 2004.