Hundreds of March For Our Lives demonstrations are taking place all across America today (March 24) to protest gun violence with protesters, activists, and celebrities all coming together for the cause.
Speakers and musical performers took to the stage Saturday in Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and a bunch of smaller cities, smaller towns, and even in countries like Australia, where gun violence isn’t as prevalent.
What isn’t getting as much attention is all the Black students and their elders who are joining in and becoming the backbone of the movement. Just days after Parkland’s own student organizers called for more attention to be placed on gun violence in Black communities, thousands are representing the loss of loved ones and joining in on #NeverAgain.
Today’s events were largely organized by the #NeverAgain movement, which was founded by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students in Parkland, Florida after a mass shooting at their school killed 17 people and injured a dozen more.
One of the highlights of the D.C. march was Yolanda Renee King, MLK’s oldest granddaughter. The brave nine-year-old took to the stage and gave a short speech, calling for an end to the violence, just like her grandfather marched for over 50 years ago.
"My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character," she told the crowd. "I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period."
Another young Black girl spoke at the D.C. protests. 11-year-old Naomi Wadler stunned the crowd with a speech that resonated with all who want to see something done about mass shootings in America.
See images and video of others Black activists and speakers who attended today's March For Our Lives protests.
Aalayah Eastmond: "Yes, I am a Parkland survivor and an MSD student. But before this, I was a regular black girl and, after this, I am still black and and I am still regular and I will fight for all of us." #MarchForOurLives (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/MHA3RMY3cL— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2018
Today, as we #MarchForOurLives, it is critical to remember that Black and Brown communities are disproportionately impacted by gun violence. We have to listen to the way that Black and Brown students think about safety. Gun control is a step, but we must go further. #NoCopsNoGuns pic.twitter.com/7DGjlbtvRw— Advancement Project (@adv_project) March 24, 2018
Philadelphia #MarchForOurLives; #phled's, Camryn Cobia, Central High junior & @215studentunion member: glad suburban students are speaking up about violence. “Even if you’re not going through it, your peers are. So you should be speaking up ... because we are one.” @PSNotebook pic.twitter.com/zefpoCGLvF— Bill Hangley, Jr. (@BillHangley) March 24, 2018
Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for March For Our Lives