Women’s History Month: Marian Wright Edelman

I’m so excited to feature another fellow South Carolinian for Women’s History Month — Marian Wright Edelman. Now Marian wasn’t a classroom educator, but her work as an advocate for children has been a source of admiration. She has motivated me to seek the best for my students and children in my community.

Marian Wright EdelmanMarian was born June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. She was greatly impacted by her father’s dying words, “Don’t let anything get in the way of your education.

Marian attended Spelman College and later traveled the world on a Merrill scholarship and studied in the Soviet Union as a Lisle fellow. After being arrested for her activism in the Civil Rights Movement, Marian decided to study law and enrolled at Yale Law School in 1963. She eventually became the first African American woman admitted to The Mississippi Bar.

In 1973, Marian founded, what she may be best known for, the Children’s Defense Fund. This organization serves as a voice for poor children, children of color,and children with disabilities.

Isn’t this sister awesome? I just love her! Here are some quotes from Marian:

Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for. – Marian Wright Edelman

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much. – Marian Wright Edelman

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others. – Marian Wright Edelman

For more quotes from Marian, visit Brainy Quote.

If you missed last week’s post, don’t forget to read about Mary McLeod Bethune.

You know I’m so delighted to meet students, even those I taught about thirty years ago. Oh my, now that’s a treat. Also, reminds me I’m an old gal sometimes too. While I taught social studies, I hope that I taught my students to make their own history and impact in the world.

Which one of your teachers had the greatest impact on your life?

One thought on “Women’s History Month: Marian Wright Edelman

  1. Wow Ms Eugeena
    You certainly have a wealth of knowledge, I can hear you now saying live a little longer but we are about the same age. I’ll be blessed to turn 54 on May 6th.
    Anyway I don’t know that I have a teacher perse who blessed me. But my pastor is someone I consider a teacher. He stands for social justice not just talking about it but doing. He likes to imagine things and then the leaders of the church are his legs. I trust him and his vision enough.
    Talk to you again soon.

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