For David Lawrence Jr., a brilliant newspaper editor and publisher with a distinguished, three-decade-long journalism career who retired in 1999 at the age of 56, the answer, in his words, was to dedicate his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”
Lawrence has been a life-long champion of children, and he was instrumental in founding The Children’s Movement of Florida, a national leader in early childhood development, care and education, with the goal of making Florida the best state in the nation for young children.
The Movement is focused on making Florida’s children, especially in their early years, the No. 1 priority for state investment.
Readers will learn all about Lawrence’s work in the Movement and the rest of his incredible life in this inspirational autobiography, A Dedicated Life.
What are people saying about the Dedicated Life?
This special book is the story of a good man who has lived an impressive, fascinating, full life dedicated to his family, his profession, his faith and his service to others, especially the youngest and most vulnerable among us. How he describes the passion, persistence and skills of civic engagement to accomplish these building blocks to success is worth the price of the book. He has brought life to the truism of Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Jeb Bush, Florida’s 43rd governor from 1999 to 2007 and 2016 presidential candidate
Reading this book is like listening to an old friend telling engaging stories while encouraging you to join the conversation. Dave’s successful career in journalism is a story of the roller coaster of the American newspaper from the halcyon days of post-World War II to the dramatic changes and decline of today. But the most lasting impression you’ll have will be of a highly principled man applying his talents and values in a transitioning America.
Bob Graham, Florida’s 38th governor from 1979 to 1987, U.S. senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005, and presidential candidate in 2003.
Here is an unfailing champion for all children. In A Dedicated Life David Lawrence Jr. shares his ever-committed life story and how each step along the way shaped him and prepared him for service. What an example he is for all of us.
Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund
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