Many South Floridians have heard of David Lawrence Jr., the former publisher of the Miami Herald and tireless advocate for early childhood education. But who knew, as a child, his family sold chickens, and he drove a tractor? Lawrence’s experience inspired his life to a “newly energized purposefulness: that every child have a real chance to succeed.”

Lawrence will present these life lessons and reflections on his legendary career to the Broward College community, Thursday, February 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Central Campus 1008/105. The campus-wide event will feature remarks by Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, and Lawrence will sign copies of his recently published memoir, “A Dedicated Life: Journalism, Justice and a Chance for Every Child.”

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After tenures at the Charlotte Observer and Detroit Free Press, Lawrence served as publisher of the Miami Herald from 1989-1999. As founder and the driving force behind the Children’s Movement of Florida and the Children’s Trust, Lawrence raised millions of dollars as well as awareness and political support for early education, health and services locally and across the state. Lawrence also played a key role in a statewide constitutional amendment calling for pre-K for all 4-year-olds.

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David Lawrence book signing at Broward College Central Campus