Local march reflects national movement

By Jaclyn Bartlett
Times-News correspondent


The March For Our Lives event was held in downtown Greensboro, along with cities across the nation, on March 24, 2018. [Jaclyn Bartlett / Times-News correspondent

   March 24, 2018 will go down in history as the day millions of people worldwide joined together to participate in the March for Our Lives.
This student-run demonstration was held in multiple cities throughout all 50 states.
In Greensboro, more than 3,000 gathered despite the rainy weather to advocate the need for better gun control. The march began in Government Plaza where students handed out signs and orange ribbons to new arrivals while contributors young and old conversed, sharing their stories and their motivation for taking part and speaking out about this issue.
At 2 p.m., marchers made their way down Elm Street toward LeBauer Park, drumming and chanting together as one powerful voice that the “The NRA has got to go” and “This is what Democracy looks like,” creating an inspiring sense of unification that seemed to take hold of the entire street.
Upon arrival at the park, the organizers — all of whom were 18 years old and younger, including Dominic Patafie, Claire Haile, Sydney Pierce, Nico Gleason, Maura Toole, Anne-Joy Cahill-Swenson, Cameron Neale, Tejas Santanam, Praveena Somasundaram and Mohammad Haveliwala — shared speeches and poems highlighting the importance of taking action to solve this issue by voting and encouraging others to vote as well.
The experience was truly eye-opening for students and adults. It provided our generation with pride and hope that one day schools across America will be as they were intended — a safe place for the youth to grow and learn.

Jaclyn Bartlett is a junior at The Hawbridge School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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