Enter generation Z. Coming of age. Just in time to show the remaining vets from that Greatest Generation that the example they set in courage was not in vain.
Perhaps we could all rise to the challenge when the most dire of situation surrounded us; perhaps each of us have in our own way, but were just never seen by the world. But this generation Z did rise, and has been seen and heard. These teens stepped forward with a conviction rescued from terror, modeled by their great grandfathers and grandmothers.
I, for one, could not be more proud of what I have seen from these Parkland teens who inspired so many to step up, to march, and to take control of their lives and their future. When these kids from Florida decided enough was enough, they didn’t lose another minute. They took charge of their lives and are setting an example for all of us.
These teens stepped forward
with a conviction
rescued from terror,
modeled by their
In the spirit of ‘no coincidences’ we simultaneously arrived at the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King. That great man showed us the power of courage combined with peaceful protest. It is still the missing piece in too many encounters. But the Z generation’s march, like Martin Luther King’s marches, brought his powerful philosophy to the center of consciousness again.
Many of the marchers who showed up to support the Parkland teens believed they were given a second chance to stand up and be counted at 70, making up for what they did not do when they, too, were teens.
It’s not only that
“When we see something,
we need to say something.”
It is when we want change,
we have to do something.
That something can be standing up,
speaking our truth, peacefully.
What have we learned? It’s not only that “When we see something, we need to say something.” It is when we want change, we have to do something. That something can be standing up, speaking our truth, peacefully. The time has come again.
God Bless America, from A to Z.
Jean Loxley-Barnard has been a writer all her life and studied both sociology and psychology at George Washington University where she earned a B.A. Her company, The Shopper, Inc., encompasses all the Loxley-Barnard family publications - 10 Shopper Magazines, Doctor to Doctor Magazine and Main Street - The Business to Business Magazine. She has been in the advertising, consulting and publishing business for 37 years.