J4370

Commending Marian Wright Edelman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of N...

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  • 02 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 29 / Apr / 2014
    • ADOPTED

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J4370


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending Marian Wright Edelman upon the occa-
sion of being honored in conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in
the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and pay
tribute to those women of achievement within the Empire State who have
made strong contributions to their communities and who inspire others
through their model citizenship; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
Marian Wright Edelman upon the occasion of being honored in conjunction
with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Women of every race, class, and ethnic background have made
invaluable contributions to the growth and strength of New York State in
countless recorded and unrecorded ways; and
WHEREAS, Each year, the State of New York officially sets aside time
to recognize the achievements and lives of these exemplary women, repre-
sentatives of the wide-ranging and vital roles women have played in the
historic development of this great Empire State and its communities; the
theme of this year's commemoration is "Celebrating Women of Character,
Courage, and Commitment"; and
WHEREAS, Marian Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Amer-
icans and is the President of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF); under
her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children
and families; and
WHEREAS, CDF's Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child
a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start and a moral
start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of
caring families and communities; and
WHEREAS, Marian Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law
School, began her career in the mid 1960s when, as the first black woman
admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense
and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi; in 1968, she moved
to Washington, D.C. and was counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death; and
WHEREAS, Marian Edelman founded the Washington Research Project, a
public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense
Fund; for two years, she served as the Director of the Center for Law
and Education at Harvard University and in 1973 began CDF; and
WHEREAS, Marian Edelman served on the Board of Trustees of Spelman
College, which she chaired from 1976 to 1987, and was the first woman
elected by alumni as a member of the Yale University Corporation on
which she served from 1971 to 1977; she has received over a hundred
honorary degrees and many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Huma-
nitarian Prize, the Heinz Award and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellow-
ship; and
WHEREAS, 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 which include: FAMILIES IN PERIL: AN
AGENDA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE; THE MEASURES OF OUR SUCCESS: A LETTER TO MY
CHILDREN AND YOURS; GUIDE MY FEET: MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS ON LOVING AND
WORKING FOR CHILDREN; STAND FOR CHILDREN; LANTERNS: A MEMOIR OF MENTORS;
HOLD MY HAND: PRAYERS FOR BUILDING A MOVEMENT TO LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND;
I'M YOUR CHILD, GOD: PRAYERS FOR OUR CHILDREN; I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
A TREASURY TO INSPIRE OUR CHILDREN; and THE SEA IS SO WIDE AND MY BOAT
IS SO SMALL: CHARTING A COURSE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION; and

WHEREAS, Marian Edelman is a board member of the Robin Hood Founda-
tion, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Association to
Benefit Children, and is a member of the Selection Committee of the
Profiles in Courage Award of the John F. Kennedy Library, the Council of
Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Medicine of the
National Academy of Sciences; and
WHEREAS, With her throughout have been her husband, Peter, and their
three sons, Joshua, Jonah and Ezra, as well as their four grandchildren,
Ellika, Zoe, Elijah and Levi, all of whom feel privileged to be a part
of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
express its highest admiration for Marian Edelman and to wish her
continued success in all of her future endeavors; and
WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when individ-
uals of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Marian Wright Edelman upon the occasion of being honored in
conjunction with Women's History Month 2014 in the State of New York;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Marian Wright Edelman.

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