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Get your copy of The Children’s Movement of Florida Founder David Lawrence Jr.’s autobiography today!

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

Carefully selected by Mitchell Kaplan for the Books & Books imprint, this inspirational memoir comes at a time when people need to be reminded about the importance of serving others and the importance of the role of journalists as truth tellers and bastions of our democracy.

From his start at the St. Petersburg Times to his time as an editor at the Washington Post to his career-capping leadership as publisher of The Miami Herald, David Lawrence brought integrity to the field, and to Florida journalism in particular.

Dave’s work took him all over the globe and his list of interviews reads like a Who’s Who of movers and shakers of the last 60 years of our history.

In addition to this exemplar of journalism, Dave’s book also serves as a how-to in founding a movement that can change children’s lives for the better and, along with it, our future.

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What Others are Saying

“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, Children's Defense Fund
“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, entertainer and philanthropist
“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 Knight Foundation
"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 leader
“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, former president of the University of Miami
“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 of Ave Maria University

About the Author

David Lawrence Jr. (Miami)

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. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. He is the “founding chair.” In 2002-3 he chaired the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Protection, and in 2011 he chaired a similar panel for the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families. In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide pre-K for all 4 year olds. He is the founding chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. The David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Public School opened in 2006. An endowed chair in early childhood studies is established in his name at the University of Florida College of Education. In 2015 he was appointed by the Governor to the Board of Trustees of Florida A&M University.