Education

President Trump’s Cruel War on Children

By Marian Wright Edelman (President, Children’s Defense Fund) Our nation’s budget should reflect our nation’s professed values, but President Trump’s 2018 Federal Budget, “A New Foundation for America’s Greatness,” radically does the opposite. This immoral budget declares war on America’s children, our most vulnerable group, Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Make Me a Woman

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   One of my sheroes is Sojourner Truth. A brilliant but illiterate woman, she was a great orator and powerful presence who possessed great courage and determination. I often wear a pendant with her image and words: “If women Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Girls in Justice

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist     I’m grateful for a powerful new book, Girls In Justice by artist Richard Ross, a follow up to his moving earlier Juvenile In Justice, which combines Ross’s photographs of girls in the juvenile justice system with interviews Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Surviving Newtown, Conn.

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Nelba Márquez-Greene is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has spent her life helping others. In December 2012 she was the coordinator of a youth and adolescent outpatient psychiatric clinic and a university instructor supervising six clinical interns. Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Breaking the Code of Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Michael Patrick MacDonald is a storyteller. Michael recently encouraged the crowd of young leaders at the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools’® National Training to understand the power of storytelling to create change. His first book, All Souls: A Family Story Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: From Hardship to Hope

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   “Foster care is not fun for anyone,” says 24-year-old law student Amy Peters, who entered Nebraska’s foster care system at age 12 and remained until she “aged out” at 19. Fortunately for Amy, she excelled in high school Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: The Hungry Child

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Some children cheer when schools close for winter storms, but there are hungry children in America right now for whom another snow day meant another day without access to school breakfast or lunch. Despite criticism, some big city Read More

Op-Ed

Steps Forward on School Discipline

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   In many American schools, the holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is used as an opportunity to teach children about his life and legacy. But in too many of those same schools, Black and other non-White Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Authentic Black Leaders

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Brother A. Peter Bailey wrote a very enlightening article, titled, “Black Leaders, Past and Present, Speak on the Need for Focusing on Economics.”  I called him after reading it, and we discussed something I continue to lament about Black Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist While many American families gathered around the Thanksgiving table last week, some of us combined this year’s traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, a too quiet group was left out of the national celebration. The nearly 49 million Americans, including Read More

Op-Ed

God Does Not Give Up on Any Child

by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be…” It was a front-page story in the Tampa Bay Times last month that Read More

Op-Ed

It’s Not Rocket Science

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist “In the 1960s, when my grandfather was teaching me to drive in his little red Ford Falcon, there was an epidemic of deaths on the highways in the United States, and young people were dying in very large numbers.” Read More