Growing Social Justice on the Farm of Alex Haley

A woman in Clinton, Tennessee is using the late Roots author Alex Haley’s farm to develop a new generation of social justice leaders — advocates for children, NPR reports. Civil rights lawyer Marian Wright Edelman, who was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, has begun classes on the farm to train proponents and familiarize them with her Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) program, which she founded on the cusp of the civil rights movement in 1973. CDF seeks to ensure that every child has a fair start in life and successful passage to adulthood through stronger families and communities, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds. Edelman says the idea for CDF came to her when she was a civil rights attorney during the Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964.

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