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 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?