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MEDIA ADVISORY: SF State Edelman Institute commemorates decade of service with visit by namesake

President and founder of the Children's Defense Fund will address a reception in honor of the 10th anniversary of the University's Marian Wright Edelman Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2007


Bay Area children's advocates; government and community agency leaders; and SF State funders, administrators, faculty, staff and students will commemorate the achievements and 10th anniversary of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University.


Wednesday, October 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Edelman will deliver her address at 6:30 p.m.


Seven Hills Conference Center at SF State campus, 800 Font Blvd., San Francisco www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap


Based at SF State, the Marian Wright Edelman Institute http://edelman.sfsu.edu serves children and families throughout the Bay Area by bringing together University scholars, students and community partners to address children and adolescent development and health. Among its projects are Jumpstart and Head Start programs, science and math enrichment programs and a nurse-run health clinic in partnership with University of California San Francisco. Other collaborators include United States Department of Health and Human Services and the San Francisco Department of Health and Human Services. The Institute's director, Charlotte Ferretti, will lead the festivities.

Marian Wright Edelman is founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund www.childrensdefense.org, a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1973 that advocates for children and educates the nation about the needs of youth, particularly those with disabilities or who are at risk. A graduate of Spellman College and the Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, where she directed the state's NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the 1960s. Edelman is the recipient of more than 100 honorary degrees and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize.


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