On Saturday, March 24, people from all around the nation gathered in Washington D.C. for the March for Our Lives, organized by survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, which called on lawmakers to enact stricter gun control laws and stop school shootings in the United States. Before the actual march, many young people gave inspiring speeches talking about why they thought gun control was important to the future. One guest took many by surprise and delivered beautiful words to a cheering crowd: Yolanda King, granddaughter of the famed civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yolanda drew on her family's legacy to call for an end to gun violence.
In that moment, it was hard not to feel the weight of history.
MLK Jr made his historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963.— Hannah Jewell (@hcjewell) March 24, 2018
But now it's time for a new generation to take up the reigns!
Twitter was beyond inspired...
The power of words should never be underestimated!
MLK Jrs granddaughter, Yolanda King, on CNN says she wants there to be no guns in this world. Clearly following her grandfather's footsteps advocating for change and peace. She's just nine years old.— Alexandra Limon (@AlexLimonNews) March 24, 2018
And what Martin Luther King, Jr. think of his granddaughter?
King's speech softened even the hardest hearts.
This was such an incredible moment for me. I was 14 when her grandfather was murdered and it devastated me for weeks. To hear his granddaughter today is bittersweet; I’m inspired by her courage, infuriated that we’ve lost ground on so many social issues. #MarchForOurLives— terry briggs (@usnavyvet2000) March 24, 2018
And she absolutely melted everyone else.
We have a bright future ahead of us.