Marian Wright Edelman Biography

Writer, Activist, Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer (1939–)
Marian Wright Edelman is best known for her legal advocacy on behalf of African-Americans during and after the Civil Rights Movement.


Marian Wright Edelman was born June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Marian attended Spelman College before Yale Law, which led to a position as a lawyer for the NAACP. She became the first African-American woman to pass the bar exam in Mississippi. In addition to her legal career, she has written many inspirational and academic works on the issue of racial inequality in the United States.

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