As the crowds showed up Saturday morning, the turnout seemed to portend a massive standing-room-only rally. Students, teachers, parents and survivors of school shootings take their defiant message against gun violence to the seats of power. “If we do not stand up and make our voices heard as Americans, they will not take action,” were the words calling to action.
The White House, with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the weekend, released a statement in support of the youth-led marchers: “We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today. Keeping our children safe is a top priority” of the President. Singer Andra Day joined Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School Choir on stage to sing “Rise up” on Saturday in Washington. Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Common and Lin-Manuel Miranda participated in the Washington event. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg each donated $500,000 last month to the march’s fund. Up to 500,000 people participated. On April 20, activists are calling for another national school walkout on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.