Rathbun Visiting Fellow, 2011

Marian Wright Edelman

The Office for Religious Life hosted Marian Wright Edelman as the fourth Rathbun Visiting Fellow, the series aimed at encouraging students to reflect upon the greater meaning of life. She delivered her version of “Harry’s Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life” on Wednesday, November 30, in Memorial Auditorium for an audience of Stanford students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community. The entire video is embedded below or can be viewed below or on Stanford’s YouTube Channel or Stanford on iTunes U.

Mrs. Edelman is the founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), the country’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of all children in America since 1973. At the beginning of her career, she practiced law as the first African American woman in the Mississippi Bar after graduating from Yale Law School. Later, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm, and worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Poor People’s Campaign. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 (the highest civilian award given by the President of the United States), the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, and the MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship in 1985.

Related articles:

“Edelman finds meaning,” Stanford Daily, December 1, 2011

“Longtime advocate for children urges Stanford audience to stand up for kids,” Stanford Report, December 2, 2011


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