Marian Wright Edelman to Speak at Montclair State, 11/5

Founder and President of Children's Defense Fund to Address Family and Child Studies Conference

Montclair, NJ -- Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, will deliver the keynote address at Montclair State University’s Department of Family and Child Studies’ annual conference to be held Thursday, November 5, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium.

A lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans, Edelman's advocacy and leadership is one of the nation's strongest voices for children and families.

Among the many honorary degrees and awards she has received are the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award for her writings. Her latest book, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, is a call to action for all Americans to address the urgent needs of the country's youth.

The theme of this year's Family and Child Studies conference is "Rebuilding and Sustaining Communities: Lessons from Katrina." For more information, go to Family and Child Studies Conference.

Released: October 19, 2009