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Marian Wright Edelman to speak at UNI

September 27, 2011

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Marian Wright Edelman from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, in the Lang Hall Auditorium on the UNI campus.

Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and a participant in the Civil Rights Movement with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak on the topic "The Future of Our Children in a Post-9/11 World." She is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School and was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar.

Edelman founded the CDF as a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization has served as an advocacy and research center for children's issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need.

Wright will speak in conjunction with the "Reaching for Higher Ground" series. For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or