Hundreds of thousands of people showed up to participate in the March For Our Lives rallies that took place all across the country on Saturday.
Thousands of people flooded the Pennsylvania Avenue in the American capital for the "March for Our Lives" on March 24 to support tougher gun controls, in the wake of last month's shooting at the Florida school, which claimed 17 lives.
The marches in Washington and across the United States were spearheaded by survivors of the Parkland shooting, many of whom were in the nation's capital yesterday.
"Six minutes and about 20 seconds", she said. She then revealed that the pause equaled the amount of time that her high school had been terrorized by the shooter. "In a little over 6 minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured and everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered".
Among the professional players who chose to stand with the teenagers on court were Americans Sam Querrey and Bob and Mike Bryan, South Africa's Kevin Anderson, Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, South Korea's Hyeon Chung, French Open and Wimbledon victor Garbine Muguruza of Spain and Australian Nick Kyrgios, who played the first featured match of the evening.
And like many Caribbean activists before her, including Jose Marti and Malcolmn X, she finished with the push: "Fight for your lives, before it's someone else's job". It was inspirational seeing those kids have so much support worldwide as well. "But I think maybe after this something will be done about it".
"The truth is, I am not here for me".
Hogg finished his speech on an official note, saying: 'Thank you I love you all.
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"We couldn't do anything", she said. She was then helped back to the podium by another organizer.
Fuentes bounced back up and proclaimed, "I just threw up on global television, and it feels great!"
The granddaughter of one of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement echoed her grandfather on Saturday, delivering remarks in Washington reminiscent of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. "I have a dream that enough is enough and that this should be a gun-free world".
They decided against exclusively focusing on issues like reproductive rights and targeted immigration, climate change and racial inequality. Marco Rubio got from the National Rifle Association - divided by each student in Florida.
"Now I feel like I have a point of view that needs to be heard", said Logan Pfahl, another Marjory Stoneman Douglas student.
"I genuinely was afraid to come", Baez told the Miami Herald.
Sitting on the grass, three youngsters with hearts painted on their cheeks held a sign reading "Never Again".
"It's kind of overwhelming", Laman said.
In another video posted to Facebook on the day of the nationwide rallies, Noir implicitly attacked Hogg's and his fellow students' young age as a disqualifier for their activism. Orange balloons - the color picked by the Florida students - were released in memory of the dead at Middletown's skate park, the end of half-mile march from SUNY Orange.