Friday, February 24, 2012

"The Failure of Adults and the Forgotten Poor"

Marvin King (Politics365):
This week I heard Marian Wright Edelman speak at the University of Mississippi. Mrs. Edelman has a long history in Mississippi. Besides being the first black woman to pass the Mississippi bar she has worked for both civil rights and the rights of the poor. As founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, she has spent the bulk of her career advocating for the needs of children.

In her lecture, she emphasized that when a country has millions of high school dropouts, high teen pregnancy rates and sky high incarceration rates the failure is in the system. She repeatedly asked how the richest country in the world can sit idly by and let so much youth waste away. MORE...

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