SBU Presidential Lecture to Feature Marian Wright EdelmanChildren’s Defense Fund founder and president to address Stony Brook students, CDF Celebrating its 40th anniversary year
Marian Wright Edelman
STONY BROOK, NY, April 22, 2013 – Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), will deliver the Stony Brook University Presidential Lecture on Tuesday, May 7 at 4:00 PM at the Staller Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Mrs. Edelman, leader of the preeminent non-profit child advocacy organization, has worked tirelessly over the past four decades to ensure a level playing field for all children.
Mrs. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In l968, she moved to Washington, DC, as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the CDF. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in l973 began CDF.
“Our students, faculty and staff are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hear one of the world’s foremost child advocates in Marian Wright Edelman,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “She is a tremendous role model and has accomplished so much throughout her career on behalf of the disadvantaged. From her work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to the advent of the Freedom Schools program and everything in between, she has undoubtedly touched countless lives.”
Under her leadership, the CDF, now in its 40th anniversary year, has become the nation’s strongest …