Kids are our future. Unfortunately, they’ve also been the victims of gun violence in schools and their community. That’s why they’re saying #NeverAgain.
During the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C. today (March 24), one young girl in particular helped steal the show.
11-year-old Naomi Wadler of Alexandria, Virginia had previously organized a walk out at her elementary school and on Saturday, addressed thousands in-front of the U.S. Capitol building.
"I am here today to represent Courtlin Arrington. I am here today to represent Hadiya Pendleton. I am here today to represent Tiana Thompson, who at 16, was shot dead at her home in Washington, DC," Wadler told the crowd. "I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”
Naomi Wadler also described how even though she’s young, she still has a major voice.
"My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn't equal for everyone," she said. "And we know what's right and wrong.
"We also know that we stand in the shadow of the capitol," she continued. "And we know that we have seven short years until we too have the right to vote."
Hundreds of March For Our Lives demonstration took place all across America today (March 24) to protest gun violence with protesters, activists, and celebrities all coming together for the cause.
Of course, social media reacted to Wadler’s speech. See what they had to say below.
#NaomiWadler was preaching.— deray (@deray) March 24, 2018
naomi wadler is only 11 years old and is more woke and educated than our president #MarchForOurLives— love, marissa 41 (@IostincamiIa) March 24, 2018
Naomi Wadler is an incredibly poised 11-year-old. “We know it’s only seven short years until we have the right to vote.”— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) March 24, 2018
Naomi Wadler is currently standing in the gap for all of the black girls and black women who are victims of gun violence. All the black girls and Black women who don’t get a hashtag and who don’t become front page news. Thank you Naomi. #MarchForOurLives— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) March 24, 2018
This sweet little 11 year old girl Naomi Wadler is going to be President one day. Mark my words. This girl is GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD. #MarchForOurLivesDC— Kelly (@kcass31) March 24, 2018