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Our 2022 Keynote Speaker
David Hogg

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Hogg
Co-Founder of March For Our Lives

"There's a lot I could write about growing up with ADD and dyslexia but in short what I would say to any young person going through it is know A. You are not alone, B. Don't let your teachers tell you or your parents that you will never succeed, C. Don't give up."
 

Thrust  into  the  world  of  activism  by  the  largest  school  shooting  in  American  history, Parkland survivor David Hogg has become one of the most compelling voices of his generation. 


His call to “get over politics and get something done” challenges Americans to stand up, speak out  and  work  to  elect  morally  just  leaders,  regardless  of  party  affiliation.  Passionate  in  his advocacy  to end  gun  violence,  David’s  mission  of  increasing  voter  participation, civic engagement and activism embraces a range of issues.

On February 14, 2018, David’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,  he  lost friends, classmates and  teachers.  A total of 17 people  were  killed  when  a  lone teen  gunman  sprayed  bullets  from  a  high - powered  military assault rifle.  David’s  eloquent  responses  to  America’s  largest  school  shooting  immediately placed him in the national and international media spotlight. Committed to becoming an agent for  change,  he resolved  that  no  other  young  person  should  have  to  experience  the  tragic impact of gun violence. He joined with friends from high school to co-found March For Our Lives, now one of the world’s largest youth - led  movements.  Five weeks  after  the  shooting,  March  For Our Lives mobilized one of the biggest demonstrations in the nation’s history. Speaking before an estimated 800,000 protestors in Washington, D.C., David declared, “The sun shines on a new day — and it is ours!” Since then, David’s activism has taken him  around  the  country,  meeting with impacted families and diverse communities to deepen his knowledge of gun safety and the politics  of  ending  gun  violence.  With  his  younger sister,  Lauren,  also  a  student  at  Marjory Stoneman  Douglas  High School,  he  co-wrote #NeverAgain,  a New  York  Times best - seller. David and Lauren also contributed to the best-selling book, Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, a compilation of writing from the founders of March For Our Lives.


A prolific voice on social media  with more than a million followers, David uses his platform to  promote  civic  engagement,  activism  and  voting. As  a  speaker,  he  informs,  challenges  and energizes, empowering  his generation to resist apathy and  become  catalysts for  positive  social change. “People call us snowflakes,” he once tweeted. “What happens when snowflakes vote? That’s called an avalanche.”