Saturday’s “March For Our Lives” was one for the history books. Thousands of teens (and adults) took to the streets across the country to advocate for tighter gun control laws. Among them was fifth grader Naomi Wadler, who gave an incredibly inspiring speech about black girls who perish due to gun violence, but whose stories rarely get attention.
Naomi was chosen to speak at the March in DC after she organized a walkout at her elementary school on March 14. And did she deliver!
In her passionate, eloquent, and empowering speech, Naomi stated that she is there to represent and speak for many black girls and women who lose their lives to gun violence but never make it on the front page of the newspaper or the nightly news. She went on to say, “I am here today to represent Courtlin Arrington. I am here today to represent Hadiya Pendleton. I am here today to represent Taiyana Thompson, who at just 16 was shot dead in her home here in Washington D.C.”
Naomi’s speech is a reminder again that the gun control debate is not limited to school shootings. “I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential,” Naomi added.
The crowd, and social media, were completely moved by her words. And supporters of the movement, like actress Tessa Thompson, are already calling this young activist their president.
We see nothing but bright lights in Naomi’s future. We say remember, and #SayHerName.