My family and I marched in the "March for Our Lives" protest in New York City on March 24th, 2018. Since I had my 3-year old and 2-month old with me, I should have realized that we couldn't stay too long. Well, once we arrived, we had to turn around because the crowds became too overwhelming. We went home and watched the speeches in DC on TV.
Watching the Parkland youth, Chicago youth, and seeing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s granddaughter lead the crowd was incredibly awe inspiring. The speeches, which spanned inclusion of gun violence across all sectors of life (transcending race, political affiliation, etc.), gave me chills. These young adults are a force to be reckoned with; they are poised, articulate, and sharp! Having gone to nationals in speech and debate when I was in high school, I understand the courage and practice it takes to speak in front of a crowd. I'm so hopeful for our future when I see how they push for inclusive media coverage, understand their privilege, speak about their privilege, and act completely more professional and poised than our elected leaders.
I am so proud of them and am happy to have marched with my family.
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