We sent photographer, activist, and Durham Mom, Chrystal Kelly, to Washington D.C. to photograph the March for Our Lives. Here is her dispatch from the front lines of the fight against easy access assault rifles.
Marching for our Lives
by: Chrystal Kelly
I was blown away by the sea of people there to support this movement.
It was really awesome to see so many young people come out for the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. this Saturday. Some of the speakers were as young as eleven years-old. These kids had some really poignant things to say about how they are affected every day by the thought of possible gun violence in their schools and on their streets. These kids are our kids.
They are so full of courage. They are dedicated to creating real change. It is extraordinary, exciting, and inspiring to see a new generation doing whatever they can to make a difference and incite change by being motivated, organized, and optimistic.
Many of the marchers, myself included, have lost friends, family members, and loved ones to gun violence.
The NRA decided that they needed to show up, and I’m glad they did because it showed they did not have the numbers, the support, the people power. A ragtag group of about twenty to thirty pro-NRA, pro-assault rifle marchers showed up to have their own little sad march down a city block. They had like 100 police escorts. (Our tax dollars at work.)
When hundreds of thousands show up to create change and only a bare few show out in opposition, it says a lot about the future.
I am looking forward to seeing the amazing things our kids will accomplish.
I will show up to support them!
Chrystal Kelly is a Durham based, concept driven, photographer. She specializes in creative portraiture and fine art photography. See more of her work at Shattering Light Photography.
Even more sign and crowd photos below.