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March For Our Lives In New Orleans

Photos and videos from Saturday’s March For Our Lives protest in the Big Easy

I was one of thousands who participated in the March For Our Lives protest in New Orleans this weekend. I got to tag along with two dozen eighth graders from Paul Habans Charter School who participated in the march as it wound its way across the city from the Faubourg Marigny, through the French Quarter, and all the way to Duncan Plaza outside City Hall.

Here are some photos and videos from the event…

Eighth grade students from Paul Habans Charter School, dressed in brightly-colored tie-dyed t-shirts they designed for the event, prepared to march at Washington Square Park.

The march began with protestors streaming out of Washington Square Park in the Faubourg Marigny.

Habans students, with bullhorn in hand, led chants as the crowd of protesters marched through the streets.

The huge crowd of marchers extended as far as the eye could see.

Supporters appeared on sidewalks all along the route of the march.

The street was clogged with marchers as the procession made its way down Decatur through the heart of the French Quarter.

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The students from Habans got a real-life lesson in civic engagement and their enthusiasm drew cheers from the crowd.

At the rally in front of City Hall, the eighth graders from Habans were invited up on stage to explain why they were marching.

The Habans students even ended up on the local news on Saturday evening.

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Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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