Writer Rachel Simon gives us her thoughts for this week's in-depth.
As I’m sure we all know, the March for Our Lives took place on Saturday, March 24 in Washington D.C., to support legislation against gun violence after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over attended the march, along with 800 other demonstrations taking place in other major cities and areas in the country. Students from Parkland spoke to a national audience regarding the trauma they faced on February 14, and the march had a total of 17 speakers to honor the individuals who were killed in the shooting. Many celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and many more gave musical performances to show their support. One of the shortest yet most powerful speeches was given by Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter; 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King. She asked the captivated crowd to repeat after her three times,“Spread the word! Have you heard? All across the nation, we are going to be a great generation!” Each time saying “Now like you really, really mean it!”. Emma Gonzalez, who’s become one of the main faces of the movement, gave an incredibly powerful speech that lasted about 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The time was exactly the amount of time it took for the shooter to kill the 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Gonzalez stated, “In a little over 6 minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us,15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered.” She stood in absolute silence during part of her speech, and the crowd cheered for her strength and the message she was getting across. Watching the speech, you could feel the power of the silence and the amount of damage and heartache that occurred in those 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The level of support shown at not only the march but throughout our country has been truly inspiring. Just like the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech, this movement will be marked down in history.
By Rachel Simon