Dixie Tymitz captured the spirit of activist Granny D in her one-woman show which graced the stage of the recital hall this past Monday. In her life, Doris “Granny D” Haddock had a large impact on Dublin School; she was a longtime resident of Dublin, New Hampshire and a frequent guest speaker at morning meetings. Her spunk was contagious and her determination humbling.
Haddock achieved national fame when, between the ages of 88 and 90, starting on January 1, 1999, and culminating on February 29, 2000, she walked over 3,200 miles across the continental United States to advocate for campaign finance reform. Her question was simple yet pertinent: Is a democratic system possible without serious campaign finance reform? Haddock's walk across the country took more than a year to complete and culminated with a rousing speech in Washington, DC.
Many students left the recital hall pondering if they would be able to walk across the country when they are in their early nineties. Until her death shortly after her 100th birthday, Doris never stopped moving. Following her cross county walk, Ms. Haddock continued to advocate for campaign finance reform. In 2004, she ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Judd Gregg for the U.S. Senate.
This program was sponsored by the Granny D in the Schools Committee, a subcommittee of PACE (Promoting Active Civic Engagement) whose mission is to carry on Granny D’s legacy.