The State of America’s Children
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. She will be coming to Stony Brook to present a Presidential Lecture on Tuesday, May 7, at 4 pm on the Staller Center’s Main Stage.
Under Edelman’s leadership, the CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The CDF’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child has a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Edelman, who in the 1960s was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, has received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize and the Heinz Award. In 2000, she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
This lecture is open to the public. No tickets are required, and there is no reserved seating.