Marian Wright Edelman delivers call to action at Westchester Children’s Association’s Advocacy Breakfast

L to R: Barbara Holland, WCA Board member; Marian Wright Edelman; Catherine Draper, WCA Board President; Cora Greenberg, WCA Executive Director
L to R: Barbara Holland, WCA Board member; Marian Wright Edelman; Catherine Draper, WCA Board President; Cora Greenberg, WCA Executive Director

(White Plains, NY) Over 200 people filled the ballroom at the Tarrytown Marriott on March 12 to hear award-winning children’s advocate Marion Wright Edelman deliver the Katherine Wasserman Davis Advocacy Lecture at the Westchester Children’s Association’s annual Advocacy Breakfast. Edelman, Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered a powerful call to action to the audience that included students from the Grace CDF Freedom School in Mount Vernon and the Today’s Students, Tomorrow Teachers program at Woodland High School as well as a number of Westchester County legislators, District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett and other community leaders and children’s advocates.

“We have a big, national children’s crisis,” Edelman warned. “Every fifth child in this country is poor. That is why the work of organizations like the Westchester Children’s Association is so important. A poor child can do anything any child can do if we support them; if we have positive expectations for them. It is up to us to be good examples to them. It’s up to us to wake up and empower our children and make sure they are prepared for life. Every child is our own. I urge you to pray, stand up, commit, recommit and accept responsibility for all of our children.”

About the Westchester Children’s Association

Celebrating their 100th Anniversary, WCA has remained steadfast in its mission – to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda – since 2014.

  • WCA identifies the needs of Westchester’s children and youth, develops innovative responses to those needs and advocates for policies and programs that benefit children.
  • WCA is a valued resource for policy makers and the media on issues affecting children because we are independent, knowledgeable and effective.
  • WCA is non-partisan and is not limited by ties to any political group, organization or funding source.

For more information about the Westchester Children’s Association visit http://wca4kids.org or call 914.946.7676



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