Resolution J4370-2013

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

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 2, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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