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Charting a Course for the Next Generation: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

A 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Tuesday, January 27, 2009. 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Michigan Union Ballroom

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's 2009 Citigroup Foundation Lecture. Co-sponsored by the National Poverty Center and the Students of Color in Public Policy.

Hosted as part of the University of Michigan's 2009 Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium.

Marian Wright Edelman will speak from her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, which she wrote as a call to action for all Americans to address the urgent needs of our country’s youth.

From the publisher: "In America today, the gap between the rich and the poor is the greatest ever recorded—larger than any other industrialized nation. It has become far too easy to ignore the hardships of millions of children plagued by poverty, poor health, illiteracy, violence, adult hypocrisy, and injustice. Marian Wright Edelman challenges all of us—our leaders, our teachers, the faith community, parents, grandparents, and future generations—to end the epidemic physical and spiritual poverty afflicting millions of our children."

Lecture attendees

Lecture attendees

Attendees will receive a free copy of Edelman's book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small.

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, and eight other books. She is the winner of many awards for her work, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, a Heinz Award, and a Niebuhr Award. In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Edelman is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School.

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