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Frequently spoke. While an undergraduate in Atlanta, Edelman participated in multiple sit-ins in protest of racial discrimination. She became a volunteer for her local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She was convinced that poor black families in the South had almost no one to represent them. As a result, Edelman decided to become a civil rights attorney. African American Eras  Contemporary Times 21 Activism and Reform ........................................................

H E A D L IN E M A K E RS H ........................................................ MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN (1939– ) Longtime civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman is one of the leading advocates for children’s rights in America. She has won fame as the founder of the highly effective Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman started her career as a civil rights attorney in Mississippi. She pioneered the Head Start program, which is dedicated to providing education to young children, particularly those in low-income areas.

Cleaver became a born-again Christian while he African American Eras  Contemporary Times 17 Activism and Reform ........................................................ H E A D L IN E M A K E RS was in prison. He began voicing his support for politically conservative causes after he was released in 1980. S. president in the 1980 election. Cleaver stated that he opposed welfare, abortion, and Mexican immigration, and that he advocated capital punishment. Cleaver converted to Mormonism—a religion often criticized by African American activists due to its history of racial discrimination—in 1982 in yet another highly publicized move that infuriated his former allies.

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