Marygrove College and Children's Defense Fund to Host Education Leadership Symposium

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DETROIT, Nov. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Children's Defense Fund and Marygrove College will co-host a statewide Pre K-16 Education Leadership Symposium on Thursday, November 29, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Madame Cadillac Building at Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221.

At this symposium, you will meet and spend time with Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Founder and President Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman and Marygrove College President Dr. David J. Fike. You will hear about CDF and Marygrove College initiatives focused on youth development, closing achievement gaps and opportunity divides, accelerating learning, preventing summer reading loss, civic and community engagement, public policy and child and family advocacy. A special program highlight will include a speech by keynote speaker Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman, CDF President and Founder entitled: A Call to Action for Restorative Social Justice.

There will be a special book signing with Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman for symposium participants. A limited number of seats are still available. To RSVP, contact Leslie Carpenter by email at or phone at (202) 662-3536. Should you have questions about the symposium contact Dr. Eric T. Mayes-- email:; phone: (202) 674-3272.

More about Marian Wright Edelman

A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, she 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, Miss. In 1968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing before his death. She founded the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm and the parent body of the Children's Defense Fund. She has received over 100 honorary degrees and many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. 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 her books: "Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change"; "The Measure 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"; and "I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children."

To learn more about how you can partner with the Children's Defense Fund and the exciting initiatives taking place at Marygrove College, please join us on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the Madame Cadillac Building at Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48221. We are confident that you will be amazed, inspired and empowered to take action!

About Marygrove College

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to developing leaders for the new global society. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

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CONTACT: Dr. Eric T. Mayes (202) 674-3272

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