We are a chosen generation
We’ve been called forth to show His excellence
All I require for life, God has given me
And I know who I am …
I’m walking in power,
I’m working in miracles
I live a life of favor,
For I know who I am (Sinach Joseph, 2012).
A chosen generation!
In every century there has been a generation that will hear a different sound and march out to revolutionize the world. Today, we hear the sound of a chosen generation marching across the world, shouting “Enough is enough!”
It is the March for our Lives! With the epicenter in Washington, D.C., and more than 800 marches around the world, millions of young people whose lives have been affected by school violence will be taking to the streets to make a demand of the generation that precedes them.
What is their demand?
Our lives matter! Make a change!
Since the Columbine High School Massacre of 1999, the world has watched in horror as gun violence in schools have increased around the world as kids turn on kids with the weapons that have been manufactured by their parents’ generation. Since Columbine in 1999, there have been 25 fatal, active school shootings at elementary and high schools in America” (Smith, 2018). With the most recent shooting at the Great Mills High School in Maryland this past week this number has already become one more too many. Causing students in D.C. to cry out, “We will march for you Jaelynn Willey” (Richman, 2018).
But, enough is enough!
Young people across the world, some with their parents and most with their friends, are laying their lives on the line and shouting to the world of leaders, “Do something! We do not want to live in fear! We do not want to learn in fear!” They are joined by influential city leaders and teachers who are lending their right to vote to the movement.
Youth power is causing a global movement that will never be turned back. It began on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018. A gruesome massacre of 17 souls at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was intended to drive fear into the hearts of a safe community. Instead, heroic humanity was unleashed.
A sleeping giant has been awakened!
Since then, students have staged protests in their cities and in the nation’s capitol. With the support of their parents, they have already staged a nationwide school walk out that lasted for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 lives lost on February 14. Today, they “March for our Lives” in D.C. And, next month another march is planned to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Columbine victims.
What is the result? They are achieving inches towards reform where their predecessors have remained impotent. New laws have already been passed in Florida which enable law enforcement personnel to do more to secure the safety of this generation demanding a change.
This generation has risen up and they are not backing down!
Let us join them as they empower a world that had fallen asleep. Let us hear the voices of our young people and enable them to take hold of their lives as only they can. Let us support them and not penalize them for the sacrifices that they are making to show the world, “Enough is enough.”
The battle will be far from over after the “March for our Lives” today. But, it will be a victory lap for the underdogs. There is a lesson that we can learn from the boys and girls who are running for their lives today on the tracks of the National Stadium in Jamaica at the Grace Kennedy ISSA Boys and Girls Champs. It is that the race is only a demonstration of the strength built through training.
So, “March on!” We will stand with you. We will work with you! We will run with you for the rest of your lives because, “You are destined to change the world.”
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