Photographs of the March For Our Lives in Washington D.C.
Over 200,000 individuals gathered in Washington D.C to stand in solidarity with the students at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who experienced the loss of 17 of their fellow classmates to a dangerous shooter armed with an assault rifle.
On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Parkland students held a rally in the nation’s capital comprised predominantly of young folks, which included:
- 17-year-old, proud South LA resident, Edna Lizabeth Chavez;
- 11-year-old, Virginia fifth-grader, Naomi Wadler;
- 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr.;
- 19-year-old, Chicago resident, Treyvon Bosley, who lost his brother to gun violence;
- And so many more.
One of the most powerful moments was Emma Gonzalez, Parkland student and one of the many faces behind this movement for gun control, who spoke to the marchers for 6 minutes and 20 seconds — the same amount of time for Majory Stoneman Douglas High School to lose 17 kids who never will become adults. While I did not have the ability to photograph these moments, I got to observe the faces and people who have been either moved by these young folks from Parkland, Newtown, and beyond, or angered by the lack of protection of their friends, family, and citizens.
Maybe they feel that this — the constant violent threat to their livelihood— needs to stop, and that they have had #enough.
On the left, the sign reads, “Stop killing the future.”
A parent watches the screen showing the statistics of gun violence in schools while their child sits on their shoulders.
In the right picture, a marcher lets another individual hit their gong. Moments later you can hear him yell, “Gongs not guns!”
A man turns around after the rally officially ends to take in the crowd of marchers holding their respective signs behind him. After this photo, he pulls out his phone to take a picture.