At 8:00am on March 24,, people from all over the world, flooded downtown Washington, D.C, to attend the “March for Our Lives” rally, a rally called by student activism from Parkland, Florida, to protest gun violence in schools and bash the NRA.
From miles you could see people from all ages and politics, families with small children and babies, holding signs that read “enough is enough” and “the blood is on your hands”, all while accompanied by the National Guard whose large truck took up the streets.
The marchers were there to stand with the victims of the Parkland shooting and protest with the student activists who are now leading the movement against gun violence.
These protesters seem to be using non-violent or non-agitating tactics to get their message across, similar to some of the tactics used by Martin Luther King Jr. and the people he organized against racism and white supremacy .
Today, youth all around the world use the practices and teaching of Martin Luther King, and other leaders of the civil rights movements, to inspire the movements of today. They remember MLK as a man who organized the masses, lead marches, and wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in.
Black and brown students today are still facing some of the same discrimination as people during the civil rights movement. In our schools, we see police abusing and harassing students and on our streets we see black and brown people being shot down.
That is why students across the globe are coming together to fight for an end to gun violence. The march for our lives was just a start to many more movements.
9-years-old Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King, speaking at the rally