Children's Defense Fund Founder to speak at Beaufort Church on April 27

newsroom@beaufortgazette.comApril 20, 2014 

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Children's Defense Fund President and founder Marian Wright Edelman


  • IF YOU GO:

    What: "A Family Affair: It Takes a Village," featuring Marian Wright Edelman

    When: 9 a.m. April 27

    Where: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 Craven St., Beaufort

    Details: 843-524-0376

Children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman will speak at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Beaufort on April 27 .

The Bennettsville native founded the Children's Defense Fund, a child advocacy and research group. Her presentation is part of the church's 150th anniversary celebration.

"Mrs. Edelman will challenge us to reweave the fabric of family and community in order to change the odds for all children, guaranteeing them the hope for a future," Kenneth Hodges, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist, said in a news release. "For over four decades she has been a distinct voice crying in the wilderness on behalf of children and families."

Edelman was inducted into the S.C. Hall of Fame on Feb. 24 and will be inducted into the Penn Center 1862 Circle on April 26 .

Edelman attended Marlboro Training High School in Bennettsville before attending Spelman College in Atlanta.

She went on to graduate from Yale Law School in 1963 and became the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi bar. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1968 and became involved in the civil rights movement, organizing the Poor People's Campaign for Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1973, Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund, an advocacy program with the motto, "No child left behind."

"What keeps me going every day is my belief that we can and will win the fight to make America live up to its ideals in the Declaration of Independence and realize the dream of a level playing field for all," Edelman said in the release.

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