The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) hosted its 2017 Beat the Odds Awards Luncheon. The event honored five Houston high school seniors who have overcome tremendous adversity, demonstrated academic excellence and given back to their communities. CDF President Marian Wright Edelman was on hand to personally congratulate the 2017 Beat the Odds college scholarship award recipients, Shahad Alfartosy, Angelica Carroll, Benedicte Musimisa, Emaline Robinson and Khoa Tong. Other attendees included Rev. Itang Hope Young, Karen Haller, Fern Dawkins, Calvin Williams, Carolyn Scantlebury, Cynthia DeJean, JoAnn White, Terrie Wright, and more