March For Our Lives: The Blackest Moments From America Rallying Against Gun Violence

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Zoe Touray, 18, of Oxford, Michigan, far left, and members of the March For Our Lives movement, speak to Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, far right, outside the U.S. Capitol on June 9, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Zoe is a survivor of the Oxford High school shooting in November of 2021 and was in D.C. for the March For Our Lives rally. (Source: Getty)

Still unnerved by the deadly mass shootings in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and at a school in Uvalde, Texas, in particular, what seemed like millions of people this weekend took to America’s streets as part of the March For Our Lives protests that sprinkled the country in an effort to compel Congress to finally take decisive steps toward real gun control.

These are some of the Blackest moments from Saturday’s national protests against the scourge of gun violence in which white supremacy has many times been a major motivating factor.

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The March For Our Lives, which started in 2018 as a response to the Parkland school shooting, now resonates with an even larger swath of Americans as gun violence has become nearly inescapable. Whether it is in the confines of a church or school, which are supposed to be safe spaces, or on public transportation, or just in the streets or homes of Anywhere, USA, gun violence has shown resoundingly that it does not discriminate when and where it happens or whom it happens to.

Therefore, protesters say it’s up to the U.S. government to take charge and institute sensible gun legislation that doesn’t rile up Second Amendment proponents who believe their guns will be taken away. At the same time, folks on the opposite end of the spectrum whose lives have been upended by gun violence are demanding stricter gun policies. In the past, those opposite forces have collided and produced no meaningful change for either of them.

Reverend Denise Walden-Glenn speaks during March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Reverend Denise Walden-Glenn is the executive servant leader for VOICE, a social activism group in Buffalo. VOICE has been supporting the Buffalo community to navigate the aftermath of the recent deadly shooting. (Source: Getty)

That was the underlying context of the March For Our Lives on Saturday, when throngs of protesters carried signs reading messages to lawmakers like, “Protect Our Kids, Not Guns.”

Among the protesters was a national contingency of Black people who have also been affected by gun violence. They came out and shared their stories of loss and survival, a combination that they say has steeled their resolve for common-sense gun legislation following what seems like a recent neverending spate of mass shootings.

Those same people affected by gun violence have now become activists in their own right in an effort to prevent the types of firearm-involved tragedies that have forever changed their lives.

Notable Black leaders like U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush and Yolanda King, the granddaughter of the anti-violence icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took part in Saturday’s main protest and rally in Washington, D.C.

But the protests also took place in major cities like New York City, where local and elected Black leaders like New York State Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Mayor Eric Adams — a former police officer who was booed while marching because of the way he’s responded to local gun violence — participated.

 

Trevon Bosley speaks on stage during March for Our Lives 2022 on June 11, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Trevon Bosley is a board member for March For Our Lives and organizer with the B.R.A.V.E violence prevention group. Tevon has been an advocate for gun violence prevention since his brother was shot and killed at church. (Source: Getty)

Other notable cities where March For Our Lives protests took place include Buffalo, Orlando, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri, Raleigh, North Carolina, and many, many others.

Keep reading to find some of the Blackest moments from the 2022 March For Our Lives.

Yolanda King speaks

U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks

D.C. Youth Mayor Addison Rose speaks

Poet Jillian Hanesworth recites a poem
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