Recognize that name? Stoneman Douglas High School is of course the site of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. If you're interested in my recent post about our mass shooting epidemic click here: The #NeverAgain Movement. Marjory Douglas (1890 - 1998) was a champion of the suffrage movement, civil rights and the environment during her bold 108 years, earning the nickname the "Grande Dame of the Everglades" due to her endless crusade to protect southern Florida from land development. She earned several awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The quote above is extremely poignant in our day and age. Educators on Twitter often don't engage in our current political situation, but I'm a definite exception. I feel that now is definitely not the time to be quiet. I'm sure that I've lost followers because of my outspokenness, but I will continue to do my best to be a nuisance where it counts, particularly in this arena.
I think one person who's probably heard this quote is Mona Charen. Mona Charen is a lifelong conservative and columnist who has worked as a speechwriter for Nancy Reagan and Jack Kemp, among others. She was a panelist at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference that recently took place in Maryland. Here is Mona having the courage to stand up for what she believes in even though she knew it wouldn't be easy in that venue:
You can listen to her interview on The Daily Podcast here.
I am constantly reminded that being a leader is not tied to your salary or your age and it means having the courage to do the right thing when facing adversity. The students at Stoneman Douglas who have led the #NeverAgain movement are being leaders. Marjory Douglas and Mona Charen were strong during adversity.
I'm sure to lose more Twitter followers as I continue to post my thoughts. That doesn't matter to me. I refuse to stay silent. And I'm looking forward to March For Our Lives on March 24.