ATLANTA - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Atlanta on Saturday to show their solidarity against gun violence along with millions of others across the country, all participating in the March for our Lives.
They were called to action by a brand-new corps of leaders: student survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead Feb. 14.
They took to the streets of the nation's capital and in such cities as Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Oakland.
Atlanta police said they estimated that about 30,000 protesters, many of whom were students, filled the streets of downtown Atlanta in an effort to push lawmakers to change gun laws in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting.
“It is inspiring to see all these people who go to school or they’re teachers, parents, average citizens all band together and unite in such a path of history,” protestor Jacob Zaslab told Channel 2’s Lauren Pozen.
Prominent civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who joined the march to the Georgia Capitol, said he was impressed by the students leading the protests.
"I think it's amazing. It reminds me of the early days of the civil rights movement," Lewis said. "They will be the leaders of the 21st century."
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