A Defense for Children: Marian Wright Edelman
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II. Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund III. Leadership Theories
a. Authentic Leadership Theory
b. Against All Odds: Trait Theory
Marian Wright Edelman, Child Advocate, eloquently stated, “Children don't vote but adults who do must stand up and vote for them. While personal responsibility, moral example, and private charity are crucial, so are jobs, decent wages, child care, health care, clean air, water, and public safety that government must ensure, in collaboration with employers. All the soup kitchens and homeless shelters in the world cannot substitute for community and economic development which provide jobs with decent wages, and dignity. But we will not achieve adequate child and family investments in the U.S. without a massive, moral movement to redirect the leadership and budget priorities of our nation.” (Edelman, 1996). Children are a specific demographic in history that has been known to be overlooked or not respected. Children advocates have demanded that respect and have given children a voice in the world.
“Marian Wright Edelman is known for her effectiveness and tenacity as a lobbyist, consistent passion for children and justice, and use of statistics and images to demonstrate the extent of a crisis.” (Spencer, 2002). In 1964, Edelman established the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Jackson, Mississippi. Working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Edelman became counsel for the Poor People’s March in 1968. That same year, “on a Field Foundation grant, she founded the Washington Research Project of the Southern Center for Public Policy. It would later become the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund. In 1973, she established the Children's Defense Fund as "an advocate for the needs of...