Meet Naomi Wadler: A Powerful 11-Year-Old Standing Up For Black Girls at March For Our Lives
One of the most inspiring moments during the March For Our Lives protests came when Naomi Wadler, who led at walkout at her school in Virginia, took the stage in Washington.
Saturday’s March For Our Lives protest just ended, and while the talking heads and analysts are raving about the poise and power from these young Americans, it is worth noting the extra special contribution from a leader of the next-next generation, Naomi Wadler. Wadler, a 11-year-old student leader who recently led a walkout at her school in Virginia, took the stage in Washington, D.C. and showed more eloquence and composure than most adults could ever showcase in their entire life.
“Me and my friend Carter led a walkout at our elementary school on the 14th,” Wadler told the massive crowd in D.C., which had more people in attendance than Trump’s inauguration day parade. “We walked out for 18 minutes, adding a minute to honor Courtlin Arrington, an African American girl who was the victim of gun violence at her school in Alabama after the Parkland shooting. I am here today to represent Courtlin Arrington. I am here today to represent Hadiya Pendleton. I am here today to represent Taiyania Thompson, who at just 16 was shot dead at her home in Washington, D.C. I am here to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don’t lead on the evening news.”
The sheer amount of chills and goosebumps that coursed up-and-down upon hearing this powerful girl speak speaks volumes. The names of those who have been hidden on page C1 at the bottom corner in the newspapers to those forgotten about as soon as the next viral hashtag goes big are being carried on the backs of our young and our brave. It is essential that we continue to raise up our children and their friends to continue to understand that the fight against evil is long, that those who choose to do wrong and ignore the severity of injustice, ignorance, racism and other evil ills that plague this world still hold solid positions of power. And if they continue to be in the trenches like some of our adults of color do on the daily, we shall be able to turn this tide and get true justice, equality and freedom for all in this country we call America.
As Naomi Wadler continued with her speech, she would go on to say that “these black girls and women” have been “just numbers” for far too long. “I’m here to say never again for those girls, too. I am here to say that everyone should value those girls, too.”
After hearing Naomi’s speech, I recalled (now an old man) the speech I heard Ayinde Jean Baptiste deliver during the 1995 Million Man March, and I must say that “Enough is Enough,” and too much of this evil sheet don’t smell good. Obviously, social media agreed with Naomi and sang the young girl’s praises as you can see below.
— Valisia LeKae (@ValisiaLeKae) March 24, 2018
Naomi Walder is an incredibly brave 11 year old. She just delivered a moving speech about gun violence, privilege & discrimination in front of the Capitol. By all means, applaud her. But NO child should have to worry about these issues. USA, you must do better. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/itxj7KWJCG
— tanya ♀ (@aIItimetanya) March 24, 2018
These kids! My God! I’m in awe.
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) March 24, 2018
She is so impressive & passionate. She’ll have a Brilliant future wow RT @CBSMiami: ‘I am here to say #NeverAgain,” said Naomi Walder,11, a student and activist who led a walkout at her elementary school. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/Yix9MFJIjG
— Sapphire (@Sapphire604) March 24, 2018
No 11-year-old girl should have to utter the words that Naomi Walder just did from that stage. And yet … https://t.co/b1SePSXOfz
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 24, 2018
— jolisa🥀 (@lovethylisa23) March 24, 2018