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Edelman Issues Challenge On Commitment To Kids

Nov 17, 2008 (News & Notes )

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Marian Wright Edelman still has the fire.

For decades, she's been a proud bullhorn on behalf of disadvantaged children. Before that, she worked closely in the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

That's one reason the election Barack Obama holds special meaning for her: Obama was also a community organizer.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Farai Chideya, Edelman reveals whether she would accept a post in an Obama administration. She also speaks about her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation.

In it, she challenges Americans to be accountable for children in need. Said Edelman: "We can't afford $70 billion for children over five years, but you can afford in a few weeks $700 billion to bail out Wall Street. [It] says we've got to build a citizens' movement to say these priorities are wrong!"

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