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Apr 12, 2016, 17:10 ET Marian Wright Edelman to Receive Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal of Citizen Leadership

On April 13, 2016 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will become only the second person to be honored twice with...


Feb 09, 2016, 15:04 ET Marian Wright Edelman Says: President's Budget Would Change the Odds for Children in America

 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund said, "The President's budget would change the odds for children and give them...


Jan 15, 2016, 12:53 ET Statements from Marian Wright Edelman, President of Children's Defense Fund; Lan Bentsen, Co-Chair of Children's Defense Fund Board of Directors; and Patrick Bresette, Executive Director of Children's Defense Fund-Texas

This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education raised the important connection between health...


Dec 14, 2015, 14:17 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the loss of Evelyn S. Lieberman

 My heart is broken by the passing of Evelyn Lieberman, our longtime friend and valued colleague, my three-doors-away neighbor, and former...


Dec 14, 2015, 14:17 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the loss of Evelyn S. Lieberman

 My heart is broken by the passing of Evelyn Lieberman, our longtime friend and valued colleague, my three-doors-away neighbor, and former...


Nov 03, 2015, 17:32 ET Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Byron Pitts to Host 25th Anniversary of Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Program At the Newseum with Marian Wright Edelman and Donna Shalala

 This Thursday, November 5th at 8:00 p.m. the Children's Defense Fund 2015 Beat the Odds® Celebration will be held in the Annenberg...


Sep 16, 2015, 15:13 ET Poverty Hurts Children, Yet More Than One in Five Children in America Lives in Poverty; Black Child Poverty Increases 10 Percent

 U.S. Census Bureau data released today reveal 46.7 million poor people in America in 2014; 1 in 3 are children.  Children remain the...


Jun 25, 2015, 11:00 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to Supreme Court Decision

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision...


Jun 10, 2015, 17:03 ET Academy of the Americas receives DPS' first ever Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools® designation with MSU and community collaboration

A highly unique opportunity for summer and after-school enrichment for Academy of the Americas (AOA) students, alumni and Michigan State University...


Feb 02, 2015, 15:41 ET Marian Wright Edelman Responds to the President's 2016 Budget

 Today President Obama released his 2016 budget proposal and the Children's Defense Fund found good news for our most vulnerable children and...


Apr 30, 2014, 16:05 ET Marian Wright Edelman House Budget Committee Hearing Testimony

Today, Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the remarks below in the House Budget Committee...


Apr 02, 2014, 08:07 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Ryan Budget

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, released the statement below in advance of the mark up of the 2015 federal budget...


Feb 21, 2014, 16:27 ET Marian Wright Edelman to be Inducted into South Carolina Hall of Fame

 Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will be inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame for her outstanding...


Feb 04, 2014, 15:30 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on Farm Bill

Congress Cuts Food Assistance Even as Hunger Plagues More Than 1 in 9 Children The Children's Defense Fund strongly opposes the cuts to the...


Jan 23, 2014, 09:07 ET Children's Defense Fund Releases New Report Showing Children of Color are Majority of Infants and Toddlers

Marian Wright Edelman Calls on the President to End Child Poverty  Today the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) released a new report, The...


Jan 22, 2014, 14:15 ET Children's Defense Fund and AASA Announce Partnership to Reform School Discipline Policies and Practices

Ten school districts across the country from California to South Carolina have been selected to participate in a public-private initiative to...


Dec 13, 2013, 06:00 ET Marian Wright Edelman Statement on the Anniversary of the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman released the statement below on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook...