Parkland shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez, who had been a leading voice immediately after the attack on her school, took to the stage in Washington DC for six minutes and 20 seconds, much of that in silence. She says it was the amount of time it took a shooter to kill 17 people at her school in Florida last month.
March for Our Lives happened Saturday, March 24 in Washington D.C. and the star-studded support for the movement was immense. Even though more than 800 cities around the world pushed for the campaign, the big affair took place just a few blocks away from the nation's Capitol.
While Hollywood titans like George and Amal Clooney, Jimmy Fallon, and Cher marched during the demonstration, the music side of things is jam-packed as artists of all genres attended to perform. Among the names include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana Grande, Vic Mensa, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Common, Ben Platt, Andra Day, and Demi Lovato.
March for Our Lives started as a response to the February mass shooting that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland after a former student opened fire. In addition to the march, the students have created a petition asking elected officials to pass a law to ban the sale of assault weapons, prohibit the sale of high-capacity magazines and close loopholes in background checks that allow "dangerous people who shouldn't be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks."