Marian Wright Edelman
I need to work outside government, on my own.
My faith has been the driving thing of my life. I think it is important that people who are perceived as liberals not be afraid of talking about moral and community values.
I’ve always hated being hemmed in or seeing anybody being hemmed in. Even when I was the smallest child, I couldn’t bear being told I couldn’t drink at a so-called white drinking fountain.
It was clear to me as a civil rights leader in the ’60s that unless we put the social and economic underpinnings beneath the political and the civil rights, we wouldn’t go anywhere.
The key is that your children are aware that you love them a lot, and that you are there when they really, really need you. If a kid was ill, I would simply leave a meeting and go home.
We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements.
I grew up in a very religious family and it is the motivating force to every thing I do. I am fortunate to have had adults all around me who really lived their faith, in helping other people and doing the best you can do.
I’m tough in the sense that I believe as strongly in what I’m doing as anybody else believes in what they are doing.
In politics, there are no friends.
Far less wealthy industrialized countries have committed to end child poverty, while the United States is sliding backwards. We can do better. We must demand that our leaders do better.
Whoever said anybody has a right to give up?
People who don’t vote have no line of credit with people who are elected and thus pose no threat to those who act against our interests.
I try to act out of faith.
It never occurred to me that I was not going to challenge segregation.
I never thought I was breaking a glass ceiling. I just had to do what I had to do, and it never occurred to me not to.