MLK’s granddaughter in March for Our Lives: “I have a dream that enough is enough’



Thousands participate in the Atlanta March for Our Lives

Students speak out about the reason why the decided to participate in the demonstrations.

The 9-year-old granddaughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. borrowed from the civil rights leader’s most famous speech on Saturday when she spoke in front of thousands at the march for Our Lives rally in Washington.

“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,” Yolanda Renee King said that when she is on the stage. “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this must be a gun-free world, period,” she added.

“I have a dream, that enough is enough.” -Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr. #MarchForOurLives

— March For Life (@AMarch4OurLives) March 24, 2018

King was not the only young African-American activist to speak at the march, which for many talked less to partiality than to a junction between armed violence and racial politics in America.

Naomi Wadler, 11, of Alexandria, Va., she said that she was speaking out to “the African-American women who are victims of armed violence, who are just the statistics in place of vibrant, beautiful girls full potential.”


“For far too long, these black girls and women are just numbers,” she said. “I’m here to say never for those girls.”

Wadler added that she and a friend led a walkout at their school earlier this month in support of the gun safety measures.

“I’m here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories are not front page” –Naomi Wadler, 11 years old

— March For Life (@AMarch4OurLives) March 24, 2018

The march for Our Lives rally’s that unspooled nationwide –organized by the survivors of the deadly shooting at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in parkland, Fla., in February — drew hundreds of thousands of participants. The Washington Post reported before the event that at least 500,000 were scheduled to attend in D. C. only. More than 800 related marches were held across the country, organizers said.

While gun control is the main focus of the event, it was not meant to be political, organisers said.

“There can be no two sides to do everything in our power to protect the lives and future of children who are at risk to die when they need to learn, play and grow,” a mission statement on the website of the organization to read.

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