A Reflection on March for Our Lives
by Gigi Muirheid
What a fantastic day we had last Saturday as a dozen or so people associated with Druid Hills Presbyterian joined in the March for Our Lives in downtown Atlanta. I feel so fortunate to belong to such a group. The day began with our journeying downtown on MARTA, catching trains in pairs or small groups from all over the city. Pastor Shelli had the brilliant idea for us to meet at the W on Ivan Allen, a perfect place to congregate. I got there almost an hour early and loved sitting in the window of the posh W watching hundreds file by with their amazing signs on the way to the March. When our DHPC group all arrived, we had a short walk down to the plaza surrounding the Atlanta Civil and Human Rights Museum, and although we couldn’t actually see the speakers, we had a great view of the broadcast on the large screen located on the street in front of us.
I was so impressed with all of the student speakers. I have listened to dozens of high school student government speeches over the years, and generally have found young people (actually young and old alike) to be poor public speakers – nervous, repetitive, and predictable. But not these kids! Although they were speaking in front of thousands, they seemed not the least bit nervous. Instead they were articulate, passionate, and compelling. The young woman who headed up the group is a Spelman student and Stoneman Douglas alum. We had several speakers from Stoneman Douglas, and from a number of our local high schools such as Paideia and Chamblee High School . They read their own poetry, they sang, they spoke from the heart. In addition to our mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, we were honored to hear Joh
n Lewis. No one spoke too long, and we began the March by 12:30. I later received reports from two of my friends who marched, one in Greenville, S. C., and one in Santa Rosa, CA, and both said their marches were dominated by politicians speaking too long. They both regretted the youth were not controlling the microphones as they were in Atlanta.
Our crowd was so cheerful, kind, and enthusiastic. The signs were so creative. I loved being able to march with Danielle Stewart, one of our own at DHPC, and a freshman at Georgia College and State University.
I returned home full of hope and optimism knowing that our country will soon be in better hands. These young people are going to vote!