A Dedicated Life by David Lawrence Jr. audiobook

A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice, and a Chance for Every Child

By David Lawrence Jr.
Foreword by Jeb Bush
Read by Richard Ferrone

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982570408

  • ISBN: 9781982570385

  • ISBN: 9781982570422

Runtime: 7.53 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

What are you going to do for the rest of your life? 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 fifty-six, the answer in his words was to dedicate his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”

As recounted in his autobiography, David Lawrence Jr., a lifelong champion of children, became a leading national advocate for children and was instrumental in founding the Children’s Movement of Florida. The Children’s Movement of Florida is 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 number one priority for state investment.

“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. To cement and broaden those achievements, Dave created a movement that has converted aspiration to reality and has, is, and will enrich the lives of thousands of the youngest Floridians. 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 David Lawrence’s autobiography, you will learn a lot—from disemboweling chickens on an upstate New York farm, to the evolution of Miami from Miami Vice to a culturally and economically international city, to the travails of contemporary journalism. 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. For more than forty years, Dave was a journalist, rising from coeditor of his high school newspaper to editor or publisher of several of America’s most distinguished newspapers. At each, he inspired the highest standards of journalism built upon a deep immersion into the communities these newspapers served. But the most lasting impression you’ll have will be of a highly principled man applying his talents and values in a transitioning America. Ultimately, he elects to transfer his lifelong fascination with journalism to civic advocacy for early childhood learning.” Bob Graham, Florida’s 38th governor from 1979 to 1987, US senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005, and presidential candidate in 2003

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Dave for decades. In this warm and inspiring book, I’ve learned so much more. He’s one of the most real humans I am blessed to know.” Gloria Estefan
“David Lawrence is second to none in advocacy for early learners. His influence in education echoes across the country.” Alonzo Mourning, NBA Hall of Fame and civic and charity leader in Miami
“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
“I loved this book! After a brilliant career in journalism David Lawrence turns his big heart and passion to improving the lives of children.” Donna Shalala, member of the Clinton Administration Cabinet and former president of the University of Miami
“Reading this book reminded me of his Herald columns, full of wonder and celebration of an amazing parade of people and things that made Dave and his readers sometimes happy to be alive, sometimes puzzled and sometimes angered by wrongdoing—and always determined to look forward. This book is like that.” Alberto Ibarguen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald
“This book brims with inspiration and optimism. Dave Lawrence’s extraordinary life challenges us to make his lifelong devotion to justice, fairness, and children’s rights our own.” H. James Towey, President George W. Bush’s White House faith-based adviser, and now president of Ave Maria University

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: David Lawrence Jr.

Author Bio: David Lawrence Jr.

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of the Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs the Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment and decision-making.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English