PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, some 400 members of the Brown community gathered on a snowy College Green to stand together in a student-led show of solidarity against gun violence.
The event, organized by Brown undergraduate Keiko Cooper-Hohn, was timed to coincide with hundreds of other planned demonstrations at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, universities and colleges across the country. The idea for National School Walkout Day originated with a group of juniors and seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a Feb. 14 shooting left 17 dead and 14 wounded.
On hand at the invitation of Cooper-Hohn to offer perspective were Brown University President Christina Paxson; Erin Arcand, a Brown alumna who shared a statement on behalf of Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed; and Nina Gregg, a Rhode Island School of Design sophomore who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2016.
Photographer Nick Dentamaro captured highlights.