Six of the most powerful young speakers at March for Our Lives

By Gregory Lloyd / Posted on March 27, 2018

Emma Gonzalez

It was the Parkland student who silently stood on stage for several minutes. The 11-year-old’s eloquent call for awareness about violence against black women. The South Los Angeles teen who asked the crowd to chant her dead brother’s name.

The most powerful moments from Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington came from student activists. Here are their speeches.

Cameron Kasky​​​​

“Welcome to the revolution,” Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, told the crowd in Washington. “We are the change .… Represent us or get out.”

He and other Stoneman Douglas students said their goal is a new ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. The AR-15, the semiautomatic rifle used to kill 17 people at the high school, is one of the most popular guns on the market and has been used in a series of mass shootings.

Yolanda King

Yolanda King, the granddaughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, surprised the Washington, D.C., crowd with an appearance.

“I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world,” King said to the crowd.

King was joined onstage by Jaclyn Corin, junior class president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

At the end of her speech, King asked the crowd to repeat the following words: “Spread the word! Have you heard? All across the nation, we are going to be a great generation!”

Naomi Wadler

Eleven-year-old Naomi Wadler has worked to raise awareness of the African American girls and women who have been victims of gun violence but overlooked in the national conversation.

“I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper,” she said.

Naomi helped organize a walkout at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., on March 14 to protest gun violence.
Like protests throughout the country that day, George Mason had a 17-minute moment of silence for the victims of Marjory Stoneman High. Naomi added an extra minute to honor Courtlin Arrington, an African American teenager fatally shot the week before at an Alabama high school.

David Hogg

Parkland student David Hogg became a key voice of the movement after recording video of his classmates huddling in a small dark closet during the Feb. 14 shooting.

At Saturday’s rally, Hogg called on Americans to come together and push for elected officials to take a stand.
“We are going to take this to every election, to every state and every city,” he said. “When politicians send their thoughts and prayers with no action, we say, ‘No more.’ ”

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