Marian Wright Edelman in Kansas for Kansas City Freedom School Initiative

May 31 - Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, was in Kansas City last week helping to launch the Kansas City Freedom School Initiative, a program that is dedicated to developing future leaders who will go forth and become transformative agents of change in urban schools and communities. 

Edelman made her remarks at “Shattering Slavish Statistics,” an event held Tuesday, May 24th, “The test of morality and the common sense of any society is how it treats its children,” Edelman said. “We need to do better.”

She went on to comment on the disappointing drop out level as well as lagged literacy in the black and Latino educational environments and discussed the disappointing budgetary commitment the nation pays to incarcerate while a child is born into poverty every 32 seconds.

“When there was a call for a poor people’s campaign in 1968, we had 11 million poor children,” Edelman said. “Today we have 15.5 million poor children. Half of those children nationally and in Missouri are living in extreme poverty.”

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