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Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman is president of the Children-s Defense Fund whose 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. For more information go to http://www.childrensdefense.org.

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Ella Baker: Outspoken warrior and civil rights heroine

"Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a White mother’s son – we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens." – Ella Baker

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The invisible leaders of social change, civil rights

Women’s History Month is a reminder that in every major American social reform movement, women have always played a critical role

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Stand your what? American youth killed by adults with guns

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed Black teenager he thought seemed “bad.”

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Building on CHIP’s success across the country

We’re used to making a big fuss over children’s birthdays, but this week child advocates and families across the country are celebrating the Children’s Health Insurance Program on the fifth anniversary of its reauthorization.

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The United States need immigration reform now!

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Stop the shutdown, prevent severe economic meltdown

Since the government was forced to shut down on Oct. 1, one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children – or, more accurately, worse than most children

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Celebrating 40 years for children

NNPA) – On Sept. 30, friends and supporters of the Children’s Defense Fund will gather at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to celebrate CDF’s 40th anniversary and honor our best known alum, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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‘Mentors matter’ in the lives of Black boys

These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same … If you follow the crowd, you’re going to end up dead or in jail because that’s where most of them are. But if you’re a leader and you make your own decisions, then you can set your path for life.”

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All children need teachers who care about them

“You see a lot of teachers judge and stigmatize their students based on where they come from. A lot of my teachers thought that since I was from the South End of Louisville and I grew up in Section 8 housing that I wasn’t capable of doing all the things that I did, and the first time that I really felt like I was someone, it was the first time my fifth grade teacher actually pulled me to the side and said, ‘What can I do for you to help you as a student?

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Fifty years later: Where do we go from here?

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