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March For Our Lives: Naomi Wadler's powerful message inspired People of Color

Divya Hemnani | Updated on: 27 March 2018, 17:32 IST

To condemn gun shooting and violence, hundreds of students, teenagers, celebrities and other marched across the US and different parts of the world. On Saturday, a student-led demonstration started 'March for Our Lives' in Washington, D.C., with 845 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world. The march is in  collaboration with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety. The rally witnessed thousands of powerful speeches which inspired people across the nation to end gun violence.

Naomi was selected to speak in Washington, D.C. after she organised a walkout at her school in Alexandria, Virginia last month to honor the victims of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which took place on February 14, 2018

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At the March Naomi said, "I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential."

Her speech was intense and inspirational, Naomi said, "We know life isn't equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong. We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we know that we have seven short years until we too have the right to vote." Her speech was a call to action to young people everywhere, who one day will have voting rights and be able to imbue real change.

Finally in the end, she finished her speech with a powerful message,

"For far too long, these names, these black girls and women, have been just numbers. I’m here to say ‘Never again,’ for those girls too. I’m here to say that everyone should value those girls too... People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People have said that I am a tool of some nameless adult. It’s not true.

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First published: 27 March 2018, 17:32 IST