Children 's Defense Fund : A Strong, Effective, Independent Voice For All Children

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Billi Jo Lasko
Children’s Defense Fund
A strong, effective, independent voice for all children in America. The history of the Children’s Defense Fund was under the leadership of Marian Wright Edelman. The Children’s Defense Fund grew out of the Civil Rights Movement. Mrs. Edelman was the first black woman admitted into the Mississippi Bar. She also directed the NAACP legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. Mrs. Edelman worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as counsel for his Poor People Campaign; and dedicated her early career to defending the civil liberties of people struggling to overcome discrimination and poverty. In 1969, Mrs. Edelman began the Washington Research Program, a public interest law firm that monitored federal programs for low-income families and out of that initiative, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. The Children’s Defense Fund has challenged the United States to raise its standards by improving policies and programs for children. They have become known for careful research for the children survival, protection and development in all racial and income groups and for independent research of how federal and state policies affect children, their families and their communities. This organization lets the public know how effectively their elected officials stand for children. Through this work, they have influenced the child policy agenda and helped defined the results for which we, as a nation, should strive for…

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