Marian Wright Edelman

A Social Justice Hero since June 6, 1939

"Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time."

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  • Civil Rights Movement inspired her to become a lawyer, and she worked on racial justice issues
  • Director of NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Contributed to Head Start Program, which provides underprivileged children with education and healthcare
  • Created the Children's Defense Fund, a children's advocacy and research group which protects children from poverty, hunger, neglect, and abuse while giving them the spiritual support and voice that they lack

~Working for a Just Society~

  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation: serving local communities to work for the common good
  • Rights and Responsibilities: protecting human rights by advocating for children and racial justice issues
  • Solidarity: acting as God's children regardess of national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences in order to achieve peace and justice
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: giving a voice to the voiceless

    -protecting and helping children and racial minorities

    -advocating for family-focused immigration reform

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Dignity: every child and every race deserves the same rights
  • Just Distribution of Wealth: ensuring that everyone has the necessary means to survive

"Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute; Open your mouth, judge justly, defend the needy and the poor!" ~ Proverbs 31:8-9

~Corporal Works of Mercy~

-Through her Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman provides the fundamental groundwork to each of the corporal works of mercy to ensure that no child is hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, sick, imprisoned, or neglected.

~Building Relationships~

Marian Wright Edelman's life and commitment to justice demonstrates God's original plan for us because she is in a just and loving relationship with God, Creation, and others.

-provides reading enrichment for children, gives scholarships, creates servant leaders, protects children's lives with gun safety laws, provides children with affordable health coverage to end child poverty, guarantees that all children have access to quality education and child development, prevents crises that cause a need for child welfare, offers children counseling, prevents minority children from being incarcerated, and removes juveniles from adult prisons