I will never forget how Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King’s nine-year-old granddaughter, claimed on the “March for our lives” against gun violence. Yolanda insisted that she has a dream too: “Enough is enough” she said strongly referring to stop shootings and dead students across the U.S. She raised her voice to make everybody repeat an honorable chant to declare commitment. At first, people repeated in a soft manner but she asked to repeat for more than fourth times as “you really, really mean it!”, she said. This was a serious claim and she wanted to call everyone’s attention, to listen carefully what we must to compromise to protect their lives, OUR lives.
As Yolanda, more than ten young leaders expressed their discourage in front of more than 200,000 people who attended this march to put a stop to gun violence. They reached the world attention recalling different cases across the story of U.S.; since, Columbia in 1999 to the most recent one in Parkland, February 14th, 2018. Almost two decades of violence, unsolved cases, injured families, lost lives and no committed resolution by the U.S. Government.
On March 24th, as a believer in children and young empowerment, I gathered to families, teachers and students, to their tears, their anger, their consciousness. It was not only an U.S. problem, it turned into a global concern. With posters, pins, t-shirts, chants and hugs people expressed their emotions with strong and encourage messages. Everybody raised their voice and their souls to protect this great young generation. It was my second weekend at U.S. and I found a worldwide community fighting together, without ethnic, language, gender, and age differences. We were all TOGETHER claiming for the most important: lives.