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Naomi Wadler delivers inspirational March for Our Lives speech, celebs react

Photo credit: Instagram – @MarchForOurLives

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, renewed the debate about stricter gun laws and sparked young people to protest and march across the nation in an attempt to influence lawmakers to take action.

On Saturday, March 25, thousands of people of all ages participated in the March for Our Lives protest. People want to ensure that another senseless school shooting does not happen again.

The youth of the movement are making their voices heard loud and clear, and 11-year-old Naomi Wadler is one of them. Wadler brought attention to the many young girls of color killed by gun violence whose names have not drawn nationwide attention. With her speech, she became the voice for the voiceless.

“I represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential,” Wadler said.

Wadler, a fifth grader, was asked to speak at the March for Our Lives protest after organizing an 18-minute walkout on March 14 with her friend, Carter.

“It’s completely unacceptable that we are exercising our rights to be safe at school,” Wadler said.

Wadler made it known that she is, “here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news.”

The 11-year-old has brought more attention to the ongoing issue of gun violence and has been praised for her outstanding and brave speech.