On March 24, 2018 students across the United States mobilized marches against gun violence and for gun control legislation. The students of Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida had survived a horrible shooting that took the lives of 17 of the classmates and teachers. They turned their sorrow into energetic anger to drive for change, launching the #NeverAgain movement which then initiated the massive demonstrations under the banner March For Our Lives.
The main demonstration was in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol as the backdrop. There they demanded effective gun control legislation, and if not getting that calling for a massive voter mobilization to elect leaders who would enact a gun control agenda.
During the March For Our Lives there were many powerful speeches by the youth. You can hear some of them if you click here. There were also some powerful musical presentations. Rapper Vic Mensa’s “We Could Be Free” could become the anthem for this movement. Jennifer Hudson, whose mother, brother and nephew were killed by gun violence, did a new take on Bob Dylan’s 60’s song “The Times They Are A-Changin'” with the D.C. Choir. Demi Lovato sang her “Skyscraper,” and Miley Cyrus sand “Climb,” so appropriate for the moment. Andra Day and Common along with the Baltimore Children’s Choir called people to Stand Up!
Be moved by this music–moved to action!