The Download | March 14: Black Students speak their truth on #NationalWalkoutDay

From Chicago to Baltimore to New York City– thousands of students walked out of their schools to protest the lack of political action on gun control. Here is #TheDownload for March 14th.

The National School Walkout was was organized by EMPOWER, which is the youth branch of the Women’s March.

Students walked out of schools and colleges for 17 minutes (the number of victims in the Parkland, FL shooting).

The Parkland school shooting may have been the tipping point– but there have been more than 200 school shootings since Sandy Hook and 7,000 students killed— enough shoes to fill up the capital lawn in a recent protest/memorial.

As students continue to protest, black students are also using their voice to tell their stories as well. Click the links below to hear their first-hand accounts of living in a country with gun violence:

Walking out for Chicago: “I witness the cycle of lives taken…

Walking out for Peace: “Instead of focusing on my education I…

Walking out for Family: “Hopefully my uncle’s passing serves as inspiration…

Walking out for Safety: After being shot at for refusing a…

Walking out for Philando Castile: “Even the illusion of holding a…

Walking out for Trans Students: “I’m hyper vigilant because I want to make sure I don’t get shot”