by Ellyce Ferguson
March 26, 2018
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images
Following the tragic high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the survivors staged a protest against gun violence in the nation’s capital. Celebrities such as Oprah and George and Amal Clooney gave massive donations to support the “March For Our Lives” rally that took place on Saturday.
Jennifer Hudson sang her heart out in a moving performance of Bob Dylan’s, The Times They Are A-Changin. The two-time-grammy-winner lost her mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in 2008 to gun violence.
“We’ve all lost somebody. I’m sure a long time ago, you never thought you’d be standing here today,” she said during the performance. “But we’re all here today for a reason. We all got a story, we all got a purpose, and we all want change.”
Another contributor to the movement was Carmelo Anthony who helped to make sure 4,500 Baltimore children did not miss the opportunity to march for their lives. In partnership with MTV and the NAACP, the NBA player arranged for the kids to travel in more than 80 busses to Washington D.C. The children were given the opportunity to see young people lead the fight for gun reform. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made sure to bring their 4-year old daughter North West to the march so she could see future leaders speak.
Some of the most prominent voices calling for change were kids. Martin Luther King Jr‘s granddaughter was one of the speakers. The nine-year-old took the stage and expressed her dream of a gun-free world.
“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character,”said Yolanda Renee King. “I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun free world. Period.”
King also encouraged the hundreds of thousands of people in the crowd to repeat her chant: “We are going to be a great generation.”
11-year old Naomi Wadler, who led a walkout against gun violence at her elementary school in Virginia, made a speech to honor black women whose stories never make the news.
“I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential,” said the fifth-grader.
We hear you! The kids are saying enough is enough. This is definitely not the last we will see of these young activists!
TELL US: What are your thoughts about children taking charge in the movement to change gun laws?!
Women’s Marches Around The World
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1. Janelle Monae speaks onstage during the rally at the Women's March on Washington
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2. Facts!!! Women's marches happening right now on 7 continents. #shespeaks #womensmarch
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3. Nina Jones is participating in the Women's March in Atlanta.
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4. We march. #womensmarch
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5. Signs from the #WomensMarch being left at the Metro Center Station. #WashingtonDC #IGDC @womensmarch
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6. The #WomensMarch fills Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC. #igdc @womensmarch
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7. It had to be about 500-600K out there at National Mall today. Everyone was nice, polite and wonderful. It took me about a hour to get out the crowd just to bounce. Even after bumping people and stepping on toes, people was smiling and polite. Just happy to be a part of an incredible event. Maybe an event like this will help people understand you can change the system to what YOU want it to be. Maybe it won't and people are just doing this just cause.Either way man, this was a wonderful experience. My bad for bumping into you #AngelaDavis #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch #RadioOneLife #WMW #ImTired
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8. No matter where you were today... We sent a powerful message! I'm proud of everyone all over the world who gathered with such dignity and strength to send the message that we won't stop until we are heard! #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch #WomensRightsAreHumanRights #WeAreHere
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9. Today was a day of sisterhood and no matter where you were today we stood together in solidarity!! #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch #WomensRightsAreHumanRights #WeAreHere
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10. Yup. ❤?#womensmarch #phoenix #humanrights #thanksobama
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11. #Zendaya & TeenVogue editor @elainewelteroth at the #WomensMarch in DC
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12. Today I felt powerful. Marching with hundreds of thousands of women today reminded me that I am not alone in the fight for justice and equality. My sisters and I and all the other women of America will not be silenced even when it seems the whole world is against us. We will stand up and fight back!#womensmarch
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13. Like this in every direction #womensmarch #resisters
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14. Rain for Trump, sunshine for Women's March...? This is only a fraction of the 100,000 that halted London. #womensmarch #womensmarchlondon #bridgesnotwalls
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15. Such an extraordinary and powerful moment today in Grand Central Station waiting to march for human rights #manhattan #womensmarchnyc #wmnyc #womensmarch #whyimarch #resist #nyc #newyork #grandcentral #democracy #lovetrumpshate #womensrights #activism
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16. What an incredible day for New York, cities all across the nation, and around the world. The support today was overwhelming and beautiful. Don't get comfortable & keep the fight going from here on out. ?✨✊??.....#WomensMarch #WomensMarchNYC #NYC #unity #heretostay #silenceisviolence #speakup #spreadlove #notmypresident
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17. Women's march in DC. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••#humanrights #womensrights #womensmarchonwashington #womensmarch #dc #sticktogether #family #familyphoto
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18. One of my few photos that gives any sense of the crowds. #womensmarch #womensmarchla #womensmarchlosangeles #dtla
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19. ✊?✊?✊? #womensmarch
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20. #feminism #feminist #ladiesispimpstoo #plannedparenthood #la #losangeles #womensmarch #dtla
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21. To strong women! #WomensMarch #WhyIMarch
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22. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels. #WomensMarch ?: @zianthe_eyes
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23. Protesters take part in a rally in Melbourne, Australia against Donald Trump's inauguration. The marches in Australia were organized to show solidarity with those marching around the world in defense of women's rights and human rights. (? by Wayne Taylor/Getty Images)
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24. #WomensMarch protesters hold signs at the #BrandenburgGate in #Berlin. Protests are planned around the world today (?: Steffi Loos/Getty Images)
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25. Thousands have taken to the streets of #London for #WomensMarch (?: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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26. #WomensMarch attendees gather near the #EiffelTower in #Paris (?: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
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27. This is what it looks like on the National Mall in #Washington, DC during #WomensMarch today (?: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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28. These people in Antarctica are joining in the #womensmarch. (?: Women's March - Antarctic Peninsula)
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29. In New York City, the flood of demonstrators are putting car traffic at a standstill ?Protesters in the United States and around the world are joining marches Saturday to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat with Donald Trump's presidency. (? via @aboisture) #donaldtrump #womensmarch #newyorkcity
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31. Wearing pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" to mock the new president, tens of thousands of women massed in Washington and other cities around the globe for marches and demonstrations aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent.Follow the Women's March on TIME.com and on our Instagram Story.Photograph by Adrees Latif (@adreeslatif)—@reuters.
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32. Women's March Los Angeles 2017. To all the women around the world #womensmarch
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33. To all the fathers out there.Today we have an opportunity to teach our sons how to be real men. To be the solution rather than part of the problem. To love, respect, and support those who gave life to us, nurtured and raised us. Today is an opportunity to teach our sons that being a feminist fortifies and confirms your identity as a man and your integrity as a human being.#RedNailsForWomen#BeARealMan#FeminismIsNotAThreatToYourManhood#WomensMarch#SupportingWomenIsSupportingHumanity
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