#BlackHistoryMonth Marian Wright Eldelman

Marian Wright EldelmanMarian Wright Eldelman was born June, 6, 1939. She is a children rights activist and the president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, which was founded in 1973. Eldelman was the first African American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She started practicing law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s Mississippi office. While working for the NAACP, she represented civil rights activists during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. Eldelman helped launch the Head Start Program. She also assisted with organizing the Poor People’s Campaign and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. While living in Washington D.C. Eldelman founded the Washington Research Project, which was a public interest law firm that took interest in issues that related to children. She is currently holding her position as leader of the Children’s Defense Fund, which have already persuaded Congress to support adoption, overhaul foster care, and to protect and improve child care for children who are homeless, neglected, abused, and disabled.

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