We knew they’d be powerful and poignant. And they still amazed us.
From the very beginning, the student activists at the March for Our Lives on March 24, 2018, in Washington , D.C ., grabbed our attention and didn’t let go.
And they had a message for our nation’s political leaders who still haven’t taken meaningful action on gun violence 😛 TAGEND
“Either represent the people or get off, ” Parkland, Florida, student Cameron Kasky told, kicking off the day’s string of unbelievable speeches. “Stand for us or beware: The voters are coming.”
It was more than an inspiring speech; it was a direct call to action with specific demands — a ban on assault weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and a call for universal background checks.
“This is more than merely a march, ” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Delaney Tarr said soon after. “This is more than simply one day, one event, then moving on.”
As much as their tales have moved us emotionally, Tarr and the individuals who followed her quickly made it clear their purpose was about real, tangible action.
“We will continue to fight for common sense. We will continue to fight for our lives. We will continue to fight for our dead friends.”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Delaney Tarr delivers powerful speech at #MarchForOurLives rally: “We will continue to fight for our lives. We will continue to fight for our dead friends. There will be no faltering.” https :// t.co/ W85oWVLpjA pic.twitter.com/ sou8FJKDit
— ABC News (@ ABC) March 24, 2018
But one student in particular made an unforgettable impression on the crowd.
When Washington , D.C ., native Zion Kelly took the stage, he shared a heartbreaking tale of losing his twin friend Zaire to gun violence. “Today, I create my hand in honor of my twin friend, Zaire Kelly, ” he said, speaking with a clear tone of strength and sentence even as tears filled his eyes.
Kelly then asked those in attendance, “Raise your hand if you’ve were influenced by gun violence.”
17-year-old Zaire was killed by an armed attacker while strolling home from a college-prep class in September 2017. Zion and his family have been working to support gun safety measures in D.C.
“Just like you, I’ve had enough, ” he told .
It was a powerful moment, where cameras captured the fact that the entire segment in front of the stage was reserved for those directly concerned by handgun violence, connecting direct faces with the epidemic.
We saw the next generation of leaders step forward — and the future is brighter than ever.
They induced us call and stimulated us angry with their stories of pain and frustration. But the young adults speaking in Washington , D.C ., and at rallies around the country also made it clear they have taken charge of a movement that adults have failed to make real progress on.
It’s a youth-driven political motion unlike any America has find since the Vietnam War and one that is fueled by a generation better equipped to use new tools of activism like social media to move past the forces that stand in their way.
Read more on the March for Our Lives with narratives on Parkland student Emma Gonzalez’s emotional stillnes, outstanding protest signs, photos from around the country, and moving terms from little kids .
And if you want to support the anti-gun-violence motion, we have a quiz for the best route you can help .
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