An estimated crowd of 800,000, inspired by the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, marched on Washington D.C. near the Capitol Building on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The March for Our Lives also drew thousands of protesters around the world.
These student activists have sparked a whole movement that has been truly inspiring to many. Just one example is 18 year-old Emma Gonzalez who gave a powerful and tearful speech, and then stood in front of crowds at the march, leading what one analyst called “the loudest silence in the history of US social protest.”
According to CNN:
‘It was the 18-year-old’s way of showing the world how it felt to crouch in a school room for 6 minutes and 20 seconds while a murderer carried out his shooting spree.’
Now, Martin Luther King Jr. III has spoken out about the new fiery student-led movements and current political climate in the country. On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, the son of the civil rights leader said:
‘I think he’d be disappointed with some of the discourse that we see [today] but he’d be very excited to see the high school student-led movements. He’d be very excited about the “Me Too” movement. He’d be very excited about what Black Lives Matter is doing, all of these nonviolent movements.’
Martin Luther King III appeared on Good Morning America with his 9-year-old daughter, Yolanda. Yolanda said:
‘I think that he would be impressed about all the work that we’re doing but we’re not where we’re supposed to be.’
Yolanda also participated in the March for Our Lives as a very young advocate for gun control, and appeared with students survivors from Parkland who organized the event to rally for stricter gun laws. She said:
‘My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period.’
Andrea Waters King, Yolanda’s mother, admitted that she had “difficulty” allowing her daughter to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. She said:
‘It was a bit difficult but because she has been so interested in the issue for so long and so passionate about it and wanted to do it, it was natural.’
According to ABC News:
‘Yolanda and her parents, including Martin Luther King III, spoke to “GMA” from Memphis, where a huge crowd is expected to turn out at the Lorraine Motel, the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on April 4, 1968.
‘Later today, bells will toll across the nation and prayers will be said as Americans of all colors and creeds pause to remember the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.’
Hopefully, Yolanda and these other students who have inspired so many, will continue to spark many more movements across the country and world. It is truly the young people who are leading the way and it seems to be just the tip of iceberg. Something massive is about to happen.
Featured image is a screenshot from GMA via Youtube