March For Our Lives Highlight: Yolanda Renee King

The student-led demonstration March For Our Lives on March 24th found themselves a powerful ally in Washington DC: Martin Luther King Jr's adorable granddaughter.

Nine-year-old Yolanda spoke out against gun violence in a short yet powerful speech.

After introducing herself to a cheering crowd, she said, "My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period.”

She then led the crowd in this call and response chant: “Spread the word. Have you heard? All across the nation. We ... are going to be. A great generation.” Little Yolanda asked the huge crowd to repeat it multiple times, so that "the whole world" could hear them. Yolanda has a small, but powerful voice, and she's ready to use it to continue her grandfather's legacy. Watch her full appearance here.

 

While its headquarters were in DC, March For Our Lives had around 800 sibling events held throughout the United States and around the world, advocating for a ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines in the US, universal background checks on all gun sales, raising the federal age of gun ownership/possession to the age of 21, among other things.

Incredibly, turnout was estimated to be between 1.2 to 2 million people in the United States, making it one of the largest protests in American history. And it was all student run. Yolanda has a dream for a better world, and so do we.