Does One Person Really Make a Difference In The Long Run? My Guest: Nat Glover, Retired Jacksonville Sheriff

Once upon a time, when I was a young and idealistic student, I used to look at the world and see all the solutions that seemed SO obvious. And so I tried to change the world. But I was just one person. And mostly inexperienced… And that didn’t work...

So I went back to my city and saw all the ills facing society and set to telling them how to fix it. But they couldn’t hear me…

So I looked at my community and shared all the ways they could do better… But they weren’t listening…

So I went back to my house and saw where my family needed to improve- and thought they would be thrilled with the free advice!  But that alienated them mostly… 

Because I hadn’t yet learned the best lead by example…

So I looked at myself in the mirror and understood that the ONLY person I could REALLY change is MYSELF.  And I got to work. 

And over time, my family felt the impact and joined me… 

And WE created a shift in our community… And together with our community we reframed the focus of our city.

And now, my friends, together- me, you, our community, my guests, this city…WE will SHAPE the landscape of the world. 

And that is what we are going to tackle today…

My guest today is a man who has faced brutality, scrutiny, hostility… Which makes the fact that he resonates with dignity, empathy and humanity a testament to his place in our culture.

A survivor who thrives and in spite of EVERYTHING believes that “you must leave them better than you found them,” the first black Sheriff of Jacksonville, former President of his Alma Mater- Edward Waters University, Mr. Nat Glover.

Mr. Glover's memoir, Striving for Justice- A Black Sheriff in the Deep South, will be released on Juneteenth through the Frederick Douglas Family Initiative. 

The proceeds from the book will go to fund Nat Glover's scholarship called “Where They Will Shine.” You can find out more at

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Suzie Becker

Hi, I’m Suze. Here with your weekly dose of culture, values and identity- and where we tackle those topics others may consider off-limits. A little about me, I’m a busy Gen X mom who, quite frankly, wanted to grow up like the Brady Bunch… but ended up being raised in the shadow of Schindler’s List. So this means I’ve spent a lifetime navigating these mixed messages we get hit with daily. You know those conversations- where we wonder if it’s safe to speak our minds? Can we share our experiences? Voice our fears and concerns, or should we just keep our mouths shut? Well, too bad. I need to know! But I’m no expert. So, I’m going to schmooze the experts and get their thoughts. Why? So, when we engage with our kids, colleagues, or the countless committees we interact with, we can do it with competence, kindness, confidence, and maybe a bit of humor. If this sounds like your cup of coffee- welcome to Schmooze with Suze.

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