Marian Wright Edleman delivers the keynote address for the first symposium organized by Trinity Church, convening people across the city to come together to learn, be inspired, and be moved to take effective actions towards facing, healing and ending racism.
The symposium was organized by members of the Trinity Anti-Racism Team, as part of the recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his commitment to a better America.
The The Reverend Samuel T. Lloyd III, Rector of Trinity Church, introduces the symposium saying, "With the recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and in our own backyard, this discussion sadly is more urgent than we had imagined. We pray that the day’s conversations will speak powerfully to participants coming from many different perspectives, and that it will inform and inspire effective new initiatives in the long journey we walk on together towards truth and reconciliation."
BIO: Marian Wright Edelman
Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans throughout her professional life. Under her leadership CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life as well as a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Mrs. Edelman was the first
black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She subsequently founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children’s Defense Fund. Mrs. Edelman has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian award) and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award. Her writings include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours; 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.