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Childhood Education a Good Investment - Marian Wright Edelman

Complete video at: Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children's Defense Fund, argues that in addition to the moral motivations for keeping children in school, there are financial reasons as well. She explains that making early investments in health and education prevent more expensive costs later on, arguing "these numbers are going to kill us." ----- Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman talks with Harvard University's Charles Ogletree about her work in ending the "cradle to prison pipeline". She discusses the social and economic conditions that have created a system where millions of children are born without hope for a better future. - Aspen Institute Marian Wright Edelman was born in and grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina, one of five children. In 1963, after graduating from Yale Law School, Marian Wright Edelman worked first in New York for the NAACP Legal and Defense Fund, and then in Mississippi for the same organization. There, she became the first African American woman to practice law. During her time in Mississippi, she worked on racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement, and she also helped get a Head Start program established in her community. As part of the efforts of Marian Wright Edelman and the Children's Defense Fund on behalf of children, she has also advocated pregnancy prevention, child care funding, health care funding, prenatal care, parental responsibility for education in values, reducing the violent images presented to children, and selective gun control in the wake of school shootings.
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