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Marian Wright Edelman Commencement Speech Available

May 20, 2014

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    Marian Wright Edelman

Griswold Stadium

We have received numerous requests for a copy of the speech delivered at Commencement 2014 by Marian Wright Edelman,  president of the Children’s Defense Fund, and recipient of the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at your graduation.

A pdf of her speech is available here.


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. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. - See more at:
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