Watch Video of Powerful Speech At The March For Our Lives by Naomi Wadlerby GDN Shared Post March 28, 2018
CAPTION: 11-year old Naomi Wadler from Alexandria, Virginia, said Naomi Wadler: “People have said that I am too young to have these thoughts on my own. People that have said I’m tool of some nameless adult. It’s not true.”
Alexandria student Naomi Wadler
An 11-year-old Alexandria resident and George Mason Elementary School fifth grade student made national news for her speech at March for Our Lives on Saturday.
Naomi Wadler, who organized a walkout with a friend at her elementary school for National Walkout Day, spoke about the lack of attention paid to black female victims of gun violence.
“I am here today to represent Courtlin Errington. I am here to represent Hadiya Pendleton. I am here today to represent Tiana Thompson, who at just 16 was shot dead in her home here in Washington, D.C.,” Wadler said in her speech. “I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls who don’t make the front pages of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news. I represent the African American girls who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls who are full of potential.”
Powerful Speech At The March For Our Lives
Wadler, who is African-American and Jewish, had organized a walkout at her elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia as part of a national protest on March 14. They stood outside for 18 minutes — one minute longer than the rest of the country — to honor Courtlin Arrington, a black girl from Alabama who had been killed in a school shooting in Alabama after the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida.
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