There was power behind the words spoken by Yolanda Renee King, the granddaughter of MLK Jr. She echoed the words of her grandfather saying, "I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun-free world, period."
Cheers erupted from the crowd when Cameron Kasky, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, welcomed them to the revolution.
Emma Gonzalez, also a student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gave an emotional speech, reading the names of the victims of the shooting in Parkland, followed by minutes of silence representing the span of time in which the shooting at her school occurred: 6 minutes and 20 seconds. She left the crowd with “Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job.”
Waves of activism are spreading throughout the country: through elementary schools, high schools, and universities. Individuals and communities are joining together to fight for change. It is the hope of many that these waves will have a ripple effect on those who hold government offices. As the midterm elections draw closer it is up to us all to perform our duty as American citizens and vote. It takes just seconds to register to vote here. Voter participation can have a profound impact on our policies and future.
Sophie Wong is a second year student studying strategic communications, writing, and French. She loves writing, films, and a good conversation.
Photos courtesy of Juan Tramontin.