Marian Wright Edelman

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

– Marian Wright Edelman

Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.

– Marian Wright Edelman

It was very clear to me in 1965, in Mississippi, that, as a lawyer, I could get people into schools, desegregate the schools, but if they were kicked off the plantations – and if they didn’t have food, didn’t have jobs, didn’t have health care, didn’t have the means to exercise those civil rights, we were not going to have success.

– Marian Wright Edelman

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.
– Marian Wright Edelman

No one, Eleanor Roosevelt said, can make you feel inferior without your consent. Never give it.
– Marian Wright Edelman

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.
– Marian Wright Edelman

The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation a better place, just as we make it a safer place.
– Marian Wright Edelman

We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.
– Marian Wright Edelman

Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
– Marian Wright Edelman

You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.
– Marian Wright Edelman