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Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Founder & president, Children’s Defense Fund

“I chose Montessori education for my sons because I believed it was the best way to encourage their unique and natural development. I sought and found a nurturing, stimulating environment for them with a diverse group of children and education leaders. Their Montessori classroom also brought a sense of order and calm to their everyday world that is very important for young children.

“The early years are so important to children's growth. I knew the Montessori method would foster their creativity and, guided by gifted teachers, allow them to learn at their own pace and deeply explore their interests. I loved seeing how engaged they were with the work in their classrooms, and I love re-reading today the thoughtful teacher reports about their development.”

Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Yale Law School and the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she served as the director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University before beginning the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2000.

Photo: Courtesy Children's Defense Fund 

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