Marian Wright Edelman Celebrates Ecumenical University & Beverly Jones-Gurley shares a video message from the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund celebrating Ecumenical University. Dr. Jimmy LaRose, Ecumenical University’s Dean of Philanthropic Studies, celebrated Ecumenical University Board of Regents’ installation of Dr. Beverly Jones-Gurley as EU’s President. LaRose, Bishop Redfern II along with American icon Marian Wright Edelman shared a message of congratulations with Dr. Gurley. Marian Wright Edelman is an activist for civil rights and children’s rights. She is the founder and president emerita of the Children’s Defense Fund. She influenced leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Hillary Clinton.