“We Must Not, in Trying to Think About How We Can Make a Big Difference, Ignore…” – Marion Wright Edelman

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, adds up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

So we take action, and do good today. That might mean listening, writing a thank you note, smiling, or just maintaining peace in our thought. There are so many simple things to do!


Marian Wright Edelman is the president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement, and the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She provided legal aid to Civil Rights activists in Mississippi during the 1960s. In 1968, she moved to Washington D.C., and founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973, advocating for the rights of vulnerable children, including those in foster care, disabled, homeless or abused. Marian met Peter Edelman while touring Mississippi’s slums with Robert Kennedy and Joseph Clark; Edelman was an assistant to Kennedy. Marian and Peter were married in 1968, and they have three grown children.


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