Today #DisabilityRightsInBlack is wholeheartedly honored to lift up the life and legacy of Marian Wright Edelman!
As the first Black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she represented Civil Rights activists during freedom summer in 1964 and served as counsel to Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.
Founder of the famed Children’s Defense Fund, Mrs. Edelman has dedicated over 50 years of her life to protecting children with a particular focus on those in poverty, with disabilities and from minority populations.
Read below for a personalized message penned by Mrs. Edelman as she reflects on her advocacy and reminds us all of our collective responsibility to defend children with disabilities.
Mrs. Edelman, we offer our deepest gratitude for your innumerable contributions to civil, children’s and disability rights.