"If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Marian Wright Edelman on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Marian Wright Edelman on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Marian Wright Edelman on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Marian Wright Edelman on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Marian Wright Edelman on Mahatma Gandhi
"Children under five are the poorest age group in America, and one in four infants, toddlers and preschoolers are poor during the years of greatest brain development."
"Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."
"Together we can and must fight for justice for our children and protect them from draconian tax cuts and budget choices that threaten their survival, education and preparation for the future. If they are not ready for tomorrow, neither is America."
"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it."