Lanterns A Memoir of Mentors

ISBN-10: 0060958596
ISBN-13: 9780060958596
Edition: 2000
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Description: Throughout her life and work, Marian Wright Edelman has been at the heart of this cantury's most dramatic civil rights and child advocacy struggles. In this stirring, heartfelt memoir she pays tribute to the extrordinary mentors who helped light her  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Throughout her life and work, Marian Wright Edelman has been at the heart of this cantury's most dramatic civil rights and child advocacy struggles. In this stirring, heartfelt memoir she pays tribute to the extrordinary mentors who helped light her way including Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Fannie Lou Hamer, and William Slaone Coffin. She celebrates the lives of her parents and the great Black Women of Bennetsville, South Carolina- Miz Tee, Miz Lucy, Miz Kate-who gave her love and guidance in her youth, as well as the many teachers and figures who inspired her education at Spelman College and empowered her early as an activist in the 1960's. Illustrated with many of the author's personal photographs, Lanterns also includes a "Parents' Pledge" and "Twenty-Five More Lessons for Life" to guide, protect, and love our children every day so that they will become, in Edelman's moving vision, the healing agents for national transformation.

Harold D. Grotevant ,290 McNeal Hall ,Dept. of Social Sciences, University of MN at St. Paul.

Preface
Parents as Mentors
Community Elders as Co-Parents and Mentors
Teachers and Their Mes Ages
Spelman College--A Safe Haven
Europe
Martin Luther King, Jr., and A Spring of Change
The Yale Years
The Mississippi Years
Mississippi Mentors
Martin Luther King, Jr., and R.F.K.: A Season of Hope for the Hungry
Movement Time
Great Black Women Mentors and Movement Builders
Our Children as Mentors
America as Mentor for Its Children and the World
Afterword: A Parent's Pledge and Twenty-Five More Lessons for Life
Always remember that you are God's child. No man or woman can look down on you and you cannot look down on any man or woman or child
Don't wait for, expect, or rely on favors. Count on earning them by hard work and perseverance
Call things by their right names
Don't listen to naysayers offering no solutions or take no or but for an answer
Don't be afraid to stick your neck out, to make mistakes, or to speak up
Keep your word and your commitments
Be strategic, focus, and don't scatter your energies on many things that don't add up to a better whole
Watch out for success. It can be more dangerous than failure
You can't do everything by yourself but you can do a lot
Asking the right questions and measuring the right things may be more important than finding the right answers
Travel lightly through life and resist the tyranny of burdensome or unneeded things
Be a pilgrim and not a tourist in life and don't confuse heroism with fame or celebrity
God has a job for all of us to do. Open up the envelope of your soul and try to discern the Creator's orders inside
Follow the Golden Rule rather than the world's silver, iron, bronze, and copper rules
Bear all or most of the criticism and share all of the credit
Be real. Try to do what you say, say what you mean, and be what you seem
Avoid high-maintenance, low-impact people and life in the fast lane
God did not create two classes of children or human beings--only one
Don't ever give up on life. It is God's gift. When trouble comes, hang in
Strive hard to be a good parent
Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Add value to the Earth during your sojourn
Don't let anything or anybody get between you and your education
Never judge the contents of a box by its wrappings
Take responsibility for your behavior. Don't make excuses, blame, or point fingers at others or hide behind "everybody's doing it."
Possessions and power don't make the man or woman: principles, character, and love do
A Glossary of Mentors and Significant Others
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