Marian Wright Edelman has been an inspiration since I saw her at my friends’ commencement address at Colgate University in 2005. Honestly, I did not know who she was before that. But her charge to the graduates left me feeling empowered, like I had to do work like Ms. Edelman. She has worked selflessly, advocating for those whose voices are often overheard, like children from underrepresented backgrounds.
As the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Ms. Edelman puts the needs of children as a top priority for our country if we are to see equity and progress in the future. She, to me, is a quiet warrior with a bleeding heart that will not take no as an answer.