Marian Wright and Peter Edelman
Thank you so much, EMR, for this NYT ARTICLE link about this couple. Heads of state and the highest officials, including Hillary Clinton, have paid homage to the work of Marian Wright Edelman, the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, now in its 43rd year!
This woman should have a monument carved for her. Her impact has been so far-reaching and deep. She is an unsung heroine who makes me so proud to share the heritage of women like her! That being said, there were many black-American women of yesteryear of her fiber who carried out amazing missions on various levels, and had matching success records.
This is a part of the reason I know I know what I’m talking about and I cannot be moved. I cannot forget women like her and the many others who never became famous like her. Unlike most younger black American women, I knew some of these women, women of her fiber. I was around them a lot. So, I know I stand on the shoulders of giants. I must do my part to pass on the great legacy of black American women. But all people should preserve the best of their legacy, shouldn’t they? This is among the reasons I’m recording the UpCulture: Hidden Lessons in Your Pocket series. It is so important to me that my granddaughters and the other females and males in my lineage know who we once were–despite our flaws and before the history is re-written to reduce all black-Americans to the parade of black numbskulls, like Ben Carson, who are in the media spotlight these days.
When Marian Wright and Peter Edelman married in July 1968, their wedding was like an armistice. In April, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated; two months later, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was murdered — on June 6, Mrs. Edelman’s birthday. For years afterward, the couple would spend that day at Arlington Cemetery. The national tragedies were personal for the couple: Mrs. Edelman had worked for Dr. King, and Mr. Edelman had been an aide to the senator. . .
These black-American women of yesteryear are the women I recognize as representing the fiber of true black American women. These are the women I want my granddaughter and women in my lineage to emulate and always hold in the highest [Read more…]