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Lecture: “A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman,” Marian Wright Edelman, Author and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, March 1, 6:30 pm, Sottile Theatre

This entry was posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016

Race and Social Justice Initiative Lecture: “A Conversation with Marian Wright Edelman,” Marian Wright Edelman, Author and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, Introduction by Former Senator Malcolm Graham, Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street, Charleston, SC, March 1, 6:30PM
Co-sponsored by the College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative funded by Google, the Women’s Resource Project, Inc., the Charleston County Public Library, the Phillis Wheatley Literary and Social Club, and the Sophia Institute

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Post and Courier article about the event:

Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.  The Children’s Defense Fund’s 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. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. She has received over a hundred honorary degrees and many awards including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings which include: Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change; The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours, Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, 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.

Edelman will be introduced by Former Senator Malcolm Graham, the brother of Cynthia Hurd, one of the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in June 2015. Hurd was a Charleston native who worked for the Charleston County Library for over three decades. The Measure of Our Success by Marian Wright Edelman was one of her favorite books.

Discounted event rate parking will be available for the following events at the three locations:
·         George Street Garage, 34 St. Philip St.
·         St. Philip Street Garage, 89 St. Philip St.
·         Wentworth Street Garage, 81 Wentworth St.

The cost for parking at these three locations will be $5 per vehicle. Upon exiting the garage after the event, guests will need to present the cashier with a special parking voucher, along with the ticket from garage entrance, in order to receive the $5 event rate. Parking vouchers will be available in the lobby of the Sottile Theatre.


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