Highlights Magazine for Children, usually referred to as simply Highlights, has been a staple of doctor's offices for decades.
The magazine—aimed at children aged 5-12 years old—began publication in June 1946, started by Garry Cleveland Myers and his wife Caroline Clark Myers in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
But recently people far older than the magazine's target audience have been talking about Highlights.
On June 25 the 73 year-old magazine posted a statement to their Twitter account.
It was captioned:
"At Highlights, our core belief is that children are the world's most important people. In light of the reports of the living conditions of detained children & threats of further deportation & family separation, here is a statement from our CEO Kent Johnson. #KeepFamiliesTogether"
Attached was an image of CEO Kent Johnson's full statement.
"Children are the world's most important people." - @Highlights CEO Kent Johnson told @GeoffWSYX6 that statement de… https://t.co/q8mbNq6F8d— WSYX ABC 6 (@WSYX ABC 6)1561586040.0
The move drew praise from some prominent Highlights fans.
I GREW UP with @highlights! Goofus and Gallant were my start of an understanding about moral, ethical ideas. That t… https://t.co/Efg7JfRrqw— Jamie Lee Curtis (@Jamie Lee Curtis)1561552778.0
Highlights, the magazine for children, out with a powerful statement: "We denounce the practice of separating immig… https://t.co/AUuUdg4RmG— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1561509303.0
Other children's magazines followed their lead.
Thank you to my colleagues at Ranger Rick and Zoobooks magazines and @NWF for following @Highlights magazine's lead… https://t.co/hOC7hIskGL— Naturalist David Mizejewski (@Naturalist David Mizejewski)1561677349.0
People voiced their thanks to the magazine so many had grown up with.
@Highlights Thank you Highlights for your concern for all children! I LOVED your magazine as a child and I think I… https://t.co/KqUXr01FYt— Ginger Swanson (@Ginger Swanson)1561674281.0
@LMDella @springflower57 @MarcoScarsone @Highlights Mid 60s for me! What a wonderful magazine for children!— Ginger Swanson (@Ginger Swanson)1561674389.0
@Highlights Bravo! Thank you for supporting children and families.— Susanna Hargreaves (@Susanna Hargreaves)1561674236.0
“This is an appeal to elevate the inalienable right of all children to feel safe and to have the opportunity to bec… https://t.co/xSOJnHi8ag— Tierralinda (@Tierralinda)1561673762.0
@Highlights Thank you for speaking with moral clarity and heart. This is not the moment for silence. Your courage is noted and appreciated.— Violette Boyko (@Violette Boyko)1561508493.0
@Highlights HIGHLIGHTS in the 1970s made me the 49-yo man I am today, and this statement makes me proud to no end. Thank you HIGHLIGHTS!!!— Marco Scarsone (@Marco Scarsone)1561509475.0
@VABVOX @Highlights I did too, and I'm so happy they did this.— Aunt Piddy 🏳️🌈 (@Aunt Piddy 🏳️🌈)1561517236.0
@upsnodowns @Highlights @CaraLTaylor I still read it.. and I am old. My great-nephew has a subscription and gets m… https://t.co/2aPNnBf3F6— georganna price (@georganna price)1561511137.0
@Highlights My 7-year-old is a longtime subscriber, having started with your early reader version as a toddler; we… https://t.co/Ni1CTaqbj6— 💘J.Mo / Lady of Lobster 🦞 (@💘J.Mo / Lady of Lobster 🦞)1561504064.0
Twitter user Tea Berry-Blue even created a Goofus and Gallant comic, a long running strip in highlights, to illustrate the company's stance.
Thank you, @Highlights https://t.co/SMIB1tdU0L— Tea Berry-Blue HAPPY PRIDE! 💛💜🖤💖💜💙♠️ (@Tea Berry-Blue HAPPY PRIDE! 💛💜🖤💖💜💙♠️)1561524594.0
They then suggested people donate to RAICES: Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and legal Services.
Hey please consider giving to RAICES Families Together Fund specifically targeted at ending family separation durin… https://t.co/8UYDrK26XX— Tea Berry-Blue HAPPY PRIDE! 💛💜🖤💖💜💙♠️ (@Tea Berry-Blue HAPPY PRIDE! 💛💜🖤💖💜💙♠️)1561554286.0
People appreciated the message Highlights was sending to all children.
@Highlights Thank you, Highlights. An 11 yr old I know was just talking yesterday about how our protesting the sepa… https://t.co/FSWhxQqeSb— PGYMath (@PGYMath)1561510138.0
@Highlights Now this is a company I'm proud to have been supporting for the last 12 years! 💜 Thank you!— OUFENIX (D) (@OUFENIX (D))1561517490.0
Dear @Highlights, I bought my 6yr old a subscription to your magazine this morning, specifically because of your b… https://t.co/BexDklCGoq— Stephanie Tait (@Stephanie Tait)1561566593.0
Parents of littles like me, Did you know @Highlights magazine has a younger mag called High Five for kids ages 2-6?… https://t.co/9UBNEpZE7K— Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈 (@Amanda Deibert 🏳️🌈)1561565362.0
@Highlights I've always enjoyed @Highlights. Thank you for this statement and standing up for children...you just g… https://t.co/6gUNoD0o7C— Peter Schletty (@Peter Schletty)1561563399.0
I am so proud that my daughter has a subscription to @Highlights, and I'll be renewing it every year for as long as… https://t.co/Gx9FNuvICq— Peter Shankman (@Peter Shankman)1561579932.0
President Donald Trump remarked in several recent interviews that he is not responsible for the results of the zero tolerance policy and family separation policy his administration enacted in April of 2018. The Trump administration recently came under fire after conditions at a temporary detention facility were revealed.
The location in Clint, Texas requires detainees to be moved within 72 hours of arrival, but a team of lawyers found children had been living there in substandard conditions for weeks.
A Department of Justice employee, Sarah Fabian, argued in federal court that basic hygiene, blankets and beds were not necessary for children to be "safe and sanitary" before a panel of stunned judges.
Watch testimony highlights here.
Sarah Fabian. Never. Forget. Her name. She’s the one who argued refugee kids don’t need soap, toothbrushes or a bed… https://t.co/BCvoVsaYHL— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1561302809.0