Our Generation Just Made History

by Katherine Sperduto ’19

March 24, 2018 is a day that will go down in the history books… or at least in the memories of the teenagers who experienced the day. To protest for gun control, millions of people participated in the March For our Lives movement that consisted of rallies stretching from Los Angeles all the way to Sydney, with the main event taking place in Washington DC. Inspired and led by the survivors of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the March for Our Lives event was developed to rally against gun violence with hopes of persuading the U.S. Congress to tighten the nation’s firearm laws.

Accompanying the main march in Washington DC, roughly 800 more sister rallies took place around the globe in places such as Paris, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Brussels, New York City, London, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, Houston, St. Louis, St. Paul, Rome, and many more. Thr

People gather in Washington D.C. to watch the main event.

oughout these rallies, protesters of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds came together as one to protest and aid the gun reform movement that the American people were asking for. The majority of the rallies in the United States had appearances by celebrities, politicians, and members of communities affected by gun violence. In the United States alone, approximately more than a million people participated in the March for Our Lives movement that day. An estimated 800,000 people, at least, attended the March in Washington, even though the organizers were expecting only roughly 30,000 people to attend the rally at the Nation’s capital.

All along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, protesters marched to the nation’s capital in which many memorable moments took place. There were appearances by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Emma Gonzales, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky, and Alex Wind. Along with politicians such as former Attorney General Eric Holder and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, there were celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Common, Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, and Cher.