• Michelle Smith

Amazing Melanated Mommies: 9

Updated: Apr 18, 2019

While African American history is too extraordinary to be summed up in a year, let alone a month, we will be celebrating phenomenal women who changed the world as we see it now all while raising children. If they can do it, so can we. Lets do it!!!

Marian Wright Edelman has served as an American activist for the rights of children her entire professional career and currently holds the title as president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). Wright thrived academically and was awarded the Marrill scholarship upon attending Spellman College. The Marrill Scholarship allowed her to study abroad in Switzerland, studying French civilization and the Soviet Union. Upon returning to Spellman Wright became involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She graduated from Spelman as valedictorian and went on to study law and enrolled at Yale Law School. Wright was the first African American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar. She began practicing law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund's Mississippi office, working on racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement and representing activists during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. She also helped establish the Head Start program. In 1973, Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund as a voice for children, children of color, and children with disabilities. She has acclaimed many honors and awards while also being a wife to Peter Edelman and a mother of 3 children.

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