Quote of the moment: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, on the role of journalism


Marjory Stoneman Douglas worked mostly outside of the spotlight, writing for Florida newspapers and magazines. Among other things, her collected works prompted Floridians to come to love the wild Everglades, and so to save this wonderful wilderness from drainage, and development.

In the past few decades someone named a high school after her, probably hoping to inspire a few women to greater achievement, and all students to good work.

You may know the rest of the story.

Recently someone made a banner of something Ms. Douglas said, and posted it on a fence near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Ms. Douglas said:

Be a nuisance where it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up.

Words to live by, and help others to live.

Tip of the old scrub brush to @BrittanyWallman, “Senior reporter, South Florida Sun Sentinel, covering Fort Lauderdale and regional growth/development.”

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3 Responses to Quote of the moment: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, on the role of journalism

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    See, who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Oh, my!

    There are a couple of great pieces on PBS about Douglas, one of our lesser-sung heroes of conservation, politics and journalism.

    Read her books!

    Outtake from Ken Burns’s “National Parks”:

    http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/people/behindtheparks/douglas/

    Recent NPR:

    https://www.npr.org/2018/02/16/586615988/who-was-marjory-stoneman-douglas

    And her big book, “River of Grass”:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Everglades:_River_of_Grass

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  3. She would be proud of those students! I did not know anything about her until I read your post. Have a good weekend!

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