1976-87, Marian Wright Edelman chaired
the Spelman College board of trustees.
her career, Edelman has called for increased federal spending on
social welfare programs, coupled with cuts in military
expenditures. In her 1987 book Families
"We must curb the fanatical military weasel and keep it in
balance with competing national needs."
* In 2000,
Edelman was a signatory to a letter
titled “Appeal for Responsible Security” that appeared in the New
The letter stated, “… we call upon the United States government
to commit itself unequivocally to negotiate the worldwide reduction
and elimination of nuclear weapons, in a series of well-defined
stages accompanied by increasing verification and control.” Other
signatories included Jimmy
Sweeney, and Ted