Mount Pleasant Joins National ‘March For Our Lives’ Movement By The Hundreds
The “March for Our Lives” movement also found its way to Mount Pleasant.
Hundreds of people marched the streets but the spark didn’t start from a big organization or even from an adult.
“We want them all to come because we can’t have a conversation if we can’t all come together,” says Hannah Edwards, one of the organizers.
A crowd of kids, their parents, their friends, even their pets formed a mass of feet walking through the city on Saturday afternoon, all marching in unison through Mount Pleasant as part of the same dialogue.
Lake City native Hannah Edwards, a Central Michigan University junior, was among them, wearing an orange vest.
“A lot of people assume that we had either the school or some professors was setting this up for us and we were just the faces but really we are all doing this ourselves,” Edwards says.
Eight other students wore the same vest.
Their small group made this happen.
“Just us nine students were figuring out everything, getting liabilities, getting the liability insurance, getting the permits that we need like contacting organizations and speakers and everything,” Edwards says.
“I’m completely happy about it,” says Shirley Blackwell, from Isabella County. “We needed this.”
Blackwell was one of the first to arrive.
She marched, too.
“I was amazed,” Blackwell says. “Those young people in Florida were so articulate and they were so great and we needed somebody like them. They are leading the adults and I’m so happy about it.”
Barbara Courtright and her daughter, Jessica were also there, along with Debra Woodman and her daughter, Kat.
“I think it is extremely important as a parent, as a mama bear, to show these kids that we are behind them,” Woodman says.
“It’s an amazing experience to feel alone in your thoughts and feel alone in your fear and come to movement like this and you see you are not alone,” Kat says.
Edwards and her fellow organizers say it is all a part of a nationwide conversation sparked by tragedy in the hope of making a difference.