#MarchForOurLives: 51 Memorable Images That Made Saturday’s March Against Gun Violence a Trending Social Media Spectacle
See our complete coverage of Saturday’s March For Our Lives:
—Video exclusive: The students we met marching for their lives
—Portraits of protest: Photos from the streets of the nation’s capital
—One-on-One: 14 students talk about why they’re marching
—Analysis: Old enough to march, old enough to vote?
—A student’s voice: Why I’m marching this weekend
From cable news to social media to the streets of our busiest cities, all eyes were fixated Saturday on the more than 1 million marchers who turned out across the country in support of the March For Our Lives. Their message was clear — they’ve lost too many classmates, friends, and loved ones to gun violence, and they intend to be the generation that demands more serious gun controls when it comes to background checks and military-style assault rifles.
You can read our report from the day’s largest event, in Washington, D.C.: “The view from inside Saturday’s March for Our Lives: Students demand a revolution in gun control — and lead a deafening moment of silence — in Washington, D.C.”
For weeks leading up to the protest, social media proved crucial in organizing and energizing students, educators, and supporters for the march, which survivors initially planned in the days following the Feb. 14 massacre at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. For most participants, Twitter became the preferred avenue to share their favorite signs, amplify student speakers, and document crowd sizes.
The event had support from several prominent adults and many teachers and parents, but it was the students taking center stage at the key events:
Some protesters weren’t even old enough to be students yet.
One clear theme that emerged was taking the fight to the ballot box to “vote out” officials who are not willing to move fast enough on stricter gun policies.
The rally in D.C. featured speakers from Stoneman Douglas High and members of youth organizations from a wide array of cities who traveled east for the day of action, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and Newtown, Connecticut.
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