Children’s rights activist and pioneering lawyer Marian Wright Edelman was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, on June 6, 1939.
After attending Spelman College, Edelman went on to earn a law degree at Yale University. Edelman was the first African-American woman to be admitted into the state bar of Mississippi and worked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund early in her career. In 1973, Edelman founded the Children’s Defense Fund, a non-profit child advocacy organization that works “to ensure a level playing field for all children.”
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