Marian Wright Edelman is the president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund, an internationally known organization established to advocate for the rights of children. She is a graduate of Yale School of Law and was the first African American woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi.
In October 2014, the Office of Population Health and the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities launched the Marian Wright Edelman Distinguished Lectureship Series. This lecture series will feature nationally and internationally known scientists, educators, and child advocates, who will present and discuss cutting-edge research and policy issues regarding child health and child health disparities. Lectures will also highlight work in cross-cutting areas such as child education, policy, public health, medicine, social justice, and economic development.
The Marian Wright Edelman Lecture will be held annually in the fall, with the precise time announced early in each academic year. The activities associated with the Edelman Lectureship will be open to all University students, faculty, and the general public and will provide venues for members of the university and surrounding communities to interact with distinguished individuals whose innovative research and/or programmatic endeavors have made significant advances in the fields of child health and child health disparities.
Travel costs and an honorarium will be provided to each Distinguished Lecturer.
The speaker must possess a(n):
Lecturers will be selected using the following process: