Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman Honored at the 2020 Annual Meeting

2020 Thurgood Marshall Award

On July 31, the Section honored longtime activist Marian Wright Edelman, one of our nation's foremost civil rights champions and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Founder and President Emerita of the Children's Defense Fund, the country's strongest voice for children and families, Mrs. Edelman was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar while courageously directing the NAACP LDF's Jackson, Mississippi office at the height of the battle for civil rights in the deep South, and subsequently serving as Counsel to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign.

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Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

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Congressman John Lewis Receives Thurgood Marshall Award

During the 2019 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Congressman John Lewis received the Section's annual Thurgood Marshall Award. The first non-lawyer to receive the award, which honors those who contribute to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights, the U.S. representative from Georgia’s 5th congressional district said he had been arrested 40 times during the 1960s, plus another five times as a member of Congress.

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Recognizing our Past Sponsors

Huge thanks to the 2019 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner sponsors for your tremendous support of the Section and the honoree.