Thousands join March for Our Lives rally at Railroad Park (photo gallery)

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March for Our Lives, photo by Pat Byington

In a groundswell of youth activism in Birmingham, thousands of  young people and their supporters rallied at Railroad Park calling for tougher laws against weapons and solutions to gun violence.

March for Our Lives rallies were held throughout the nation,  organized by student survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14, that left 17 people dead.

At Railroad Park, 19 marchers led the march with 17  wearing red representing the victims of the Parkland shooting. Two other leaders in front of the march wore purple and green remembering  17 year old Huffman High School student Courtlin Arrington who was shot and killed on March 6 at the school and Nancy Swift, a 62 year old UAB Highlands nurse whose life was taken at a shooting at work on March 14.

Below are photos taken by Bham Now’s own Kristina O’Quinn  and by march participants on social media.

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March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn
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March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo of Rep. Terri Sewell from her Facebook page.
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo by Richard Byington posted on Facebook
March for Our Lives at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo posted on Facebook.

 

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