The generation of Americans born after 1999 just defined itself
The last 17-year-old to lead a major army was Joan of Arc. Today we see an army of 167-year-olds leading a nation. The generation of Americans born after 1999 just defined itself. March for Our Lives is its first major statement. These young people also presented a fearless and crackling new way to protest with extraordinary inclusiveness even if with an awareness of the socioeconomic privilege that allows certain voices to be suddenly heard louder than others that have been sounding through the years. Still, it was Yolanda Renee King, the nine-year-old granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, that brought to this gathering and to the world one of the day's most memorable statements (“I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world.”), and a defining call-and-response challenge: Call: Spread the word; Response: All across the nation - We are - Going to be- A great generation.
Let's do what we can to make that challenge a reality.