Research Projects


From Civil Rights to Children’s Rights:                                                       A History of Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) was established by the African American civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman in 1973. Its mission is to improve the living conditions of children and young people in the United States, and in pursuit of that goal it supports research, engages in political lobbying, and runs social welfare programs.