Family Institute Inaugural Conference
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Click Here to Register Now
Charles H. Flowers High School: 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd., Springdale, Maryland 20774
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Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, Founder & President, Children’s Defense Fund
Dr. Marian Wright Edelman has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families. The Children’s Defense Fund’s Leave No Child Behind mission is to ensure every child a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. Edelman, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, began her career in the mid-‘60s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Mississippi. In l968, she moved to Washington, DC 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. For two years she served as the Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University and in l973 began CDF. Edelman served on the Board of Trustees of Spelman College which she chaired from 1976 to 1987 and was the first woman elected by alumni as a member of the Yale University Corporation on which she served from 1971 to 1977. She has received over a hundred 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: 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; I Can Make a Difference: A Treasury to Inspire Our Children; and The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation. She is a board member of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Association to Benefit Children, and is a member of the Selection Committee of the Profiles in Courage Award of the John F. Kennedy Library, the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Hill Harper, Esq., is an award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist.
Harper starred on the CBS TV hit drama CSI: NY from 2004 until 2013 followed by two seasons on USA’s Covert Affairs. Harper then returned to CBS in the fall of 2015 as Agent Spelman Boyle in the fast-paced new drama Limitless. In theatres, he can be seen co-starring alongside Will Smith in Sony Pictures’ Concussion and the award-winning independent film 1982. Harper is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which is dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs. Harper graduated magna cum laude as valedictorian of his department with a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College,Tougaloo College, Le-Moyne Owen College, Dillard University and Howard University. Harper travels frequently as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. In 2014, People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive.