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Austin College GO! Forum Honors Marian Wright Edelman
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Posted: 2/3/2012 Views: 3192  Impressions: 20191
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SHERMAN, TEXAS -In recognition of a lifetime of advocacy for equality and justice for America's children, the Austin College Board of Trustees will award Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, the 2012 Posey Leadership Award at the annual Global Outreach Forum.
The Austin College Posey Leadership Award was created to promote and recognize service and leadership in a global context. As president of the Children's Defense Fund, Edelman is a leader and advocate for children's rights, speaking out on issues such as poverty, education, justice, and health.
The award will be presented at the Global Outreach Forum at 7 p.m. on April 12 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas in conjunction with a lecture by Edelman about her work. Tickets are available from $15 to $45, with a limited number available for $125, which include a dessert reception with Edelman, catered by Wolfgang Puck. Ticket information is available at

An on-campus convocation featuring a lecture by Edelman will be held at 11 a.m. in Wynne Chapel. Members of the community are invited to attend this free presentation. Following Edelman's lecture, she will speak with select students at Austin College.

Edelman's leadership, passion, and voice of advocacy have been an inspiration in the United States for over 40 years. After becoming the first black woman accepted to the Mississippi state bar exam, Edelman directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss.; worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as counsel for his Poor People's Campaign; and began the Washington Research Project, a public interest law firm that monitored federal programs for low-income families.

To date, she has been awarded over 100 honorary degrees and has received numerous other awards and honors, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, the Heinz Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship. In 2000, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. U.S. News & World Report named Edelman one of "America's Best Leaders" in 2008.
The Austin College Posey Leadership Institute was founded in 1995 to give aspiring student leaders extraordinary opportunities to train for lives of leadership and service. The Institute provides a venue for dialogue and study of leadership that engages interested students and professionals in thoughtful investigation, demonstrated service, and critical reflection on the roles, responsibilities, and actions of effective leaders in society.
The Posey Leadership Award was created through the generosity of Sally and the late Lee Posey, founder of Palm Harbor Homes. Previous recipients include Wendy Kopp (2006), founder of Teach For America; Dr. Paul Farmer (2007), Harvard professor, medical anthropologist, physician, and medical activist; Geoffrey Canada (2008), president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone; Greg Mortenson (2009), educational activist and author of "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools;" Muhammad Yunus (2010), Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank; and Zainab Salbi (2011), founder of Women for Women International.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope's influential book Colleges that Change Lives.

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