Powerful Video Shows Student Ask His Peers To Raise Their Hands If They Lost Someone To Gun Violence

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Powerful Video Shows Student Ask His Peers To Raise Their Hands If They Lost Someone To Gun Violence

"Hopefully this will help open people’s eyes."

Published March 23, 2018

As nearly a million people prepare to take the streets of Washington, D.C., on Saturday to participate in the “March for Our Lives” rally, a protest organized by students from Parkland, Florida, students in communities most affected by gun violence are using this momentum to shine light on their experiences.

On Thursday, students from Thurgood Marshall Academy in Southeast D.C. held a rally with students from Parkland to speak about the growing gun violence epidemic.

One of the speakers of the rally, 17-year-old Zion Kelly, lost his twin brother, Zaire, who was shot and killed in a robbery attempt while leaving school in September, reported Yahoo News. 

  1. During Kelly's speech, a powerful moment occurred when he asked everyone who had lost someone to gun violence to raise their hand

    “Students face a lot of challenges getting to and from school,” Zion Kelly, a senior at the school, told Yahoo News. “Especially if you’re using public transportation, like the bus, or the train or even just walking. Because, just like, you never know what’s going to happen.”

  2. The visual representation of the gun problem in urban areas was shocking to many
  3. As the forgotten cries of America's Black youth join with the leaders of Parkland, they will hopefully force leaders to finally work for them

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: JGI/Getty Images)

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