Marian Wright Edelman

Hall Auditorium, 101 South Campus Avenue, Oxford

February 5, 2015
7pm –Free and open to the public.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), will be the first speaker in the “Celebrating Social Justice Milestones” spring series of Miami’s College of Education, Health and Society.

Her talk is free and open to the public.

Under her leadership CDF, since 1973, has challenged the United States to raise its standards by improving policies and programs for children. It has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families, advocating for quality education, safety, family and child health, and pays special attention to poor children, children of color and those with disabilities.

Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life.

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing.

She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund.

She has received more than 100 honorary degrees and many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000 she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writing.

She is married to Peter Edelman, a Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. They have three sons and four grandchildren.

Hall Auditorium Parking
After 6 p.m., free parking is available along the city streets surrounding the building.

The Oxford City Parking Garage is located two blocks west of Hall Auditorium at the corner of Walnut and Main Streets.

Campus parking is available 1.5 blocks South in the lot off Campus Avenue.

Handicapped parking is accessed by entering the one-way drive directly South of Hall Auditorium off Campus Avenue.  The first lot is located immediately to the left behind Hall Auditorium.  Continue down the drive to another lot behind McGuffy Hall on the right.


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