Marian Wright Edelman Opens the Race and Social Justice Initiative 2016 Speaker Series

“A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman,” Author and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, Introduction by Former Senator Malcolm Graham

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston, SC
6:30PM – Free and open to the public!

Marian Wright Edelman, author and founder
of the Children’s Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.  The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings, which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors,I’m Your Child, God:  Prayers for Our Children; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation.

Former North Carolina Senator Malcolm Graham

Edelman will be introduced by Former Senator Malcolm Graham, the brother of Cynthia Hurd, one of the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Hurd was a Charleston native who worked for the Charleston County Library for over three decades. The Measure of Our Success by Marian Wright Edelman was one of her favorite books.

For information about discounted parking vouchers, please visit the RSJI website – join our event Facebook page, click here.

Throughout the month of February, the Charleston County Library will also host additional outreach events in honor of Marian Wright Edelman through the “I Can Make A Difference Initiative.”

This event is part of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) at the College of Charleston. In late June 2015, the Avery Research Center, Addlestone Library, African American Studies, and the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI) at the College of Charleston received a major grant from Google to launch the initiative in response to recent tragic events in the Charleston area, including the shooting death of Walter Scott by a police officer in April 2015 and the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. With this support, RSJI is working with numerous partners to facilitate public events, exhibitions, and various projects that promote awareness of the history and ongoing struggles of racial injustice in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the United States. 

Thanks to our event co-sponsors: Google, the Women’s Resource Project, Inc., the Charleston County Public Library, SunTrust, the SC Community Loan Fund, the Phillis Wheatley Literary and Social Club, and the Sophia Institute.