Edelman: Honor King With Actions That Give Every Child A Chance

Date Released: January 29, 2018

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Children’s Defense Fund founder visits Morehouse for Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series


Just a day after civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. ’48 was assassinated in Memphis in 1968, Washington, D.C., like many other cities in America, saw many angry African Americans rioting in the streets.

Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, had been in D.C. working with King and his Poor People’s Campaign. And during her visit to Morehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 24, she spoke about a conversation she had with a 13-year-old boy in D.C. that has driven her each day for the last 50 years.

I went over to the public schools in the District of Columbia to tell children not to riot and ruin their future,” Edelman said. “A little black boy stood up and said to me, ‘Lady, What future? I ain’t got no future. I ain’t got nothin’ to lose.’ I’ve spent the last 50 years trying to prove that boy’s truth wrong. I don’t ever want to hear a child say that. I want that child to say that ‘I am ready to go to Morehouse.’

“We’ve got to have a movement to keep our children safe and to give them hope and to give them a future,” she said. “The country needs it. We need to have it. Our children need it.”

Edelman was at Morehouse for the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Conversation Series discussion “Looking Back and Beyond: The Unfinished Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” presented by the Office of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. She spoke to a capacity audience in the Emma and Joe Adams Concert Hall of the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.

“We chose this theme tonight because we want to acknowledge the importance of history, of telling the story, of remembering the narratives of the many men and women who, like Dr. King, gave their lives to change circumstances in our nation and the world,” said Vicki Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.

Last Modified: January 29, 2018, 11:01 AM, by: Kara Walker

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