“The Black Lives Matter movement has been addressing the topic since the murder of Travon Martin in 2012 and we have never seen this kind of support for our cause, we surely do not feel that the lives or voices of minorities are valued as much as those of our white counterparts,” said Tyah-Amo Roberts, a black Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student.

“I am here today with my classmates because we have been thoroughly under-represented and in some cases, misrepresented,” Roberts added.

Another student that spoke said the group is “proud” of those who are “at the front” but they have “so much to say too.”