Parkland student activists at the forefront of the March For Our Lives movement will bring their Road to Change bus tour to Charleston next month.
On July 31, survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting will join in a round-table discussion with organizers from March For Our Lives Charleston and loved ones of victims from the 2015 Emanuel AME Church shooting.
The national tour is slated to begin June 15 in Chicago followed by more than 50 planned stops in at least 20 states, organizers said. A separate tour will stretch across Florida, visiting Florida's 27 congressional districts.
The round-table event in Charleston is expected to be followed by a town hall with several state and national politicians, although the lineup has not been set, said Jacob Gamble, a member of the Lowcountry Students for Political Action. Details about the forthcoming event will be announced at noon Thursday in North Charleston.
Lowcountry Students for Political Action is a group that includes members of March For Our Lives Charleston and strives to advocate for stricter gun control by encouraging political participation among young people.
"We’re going to places where the NRA has bought and paid for politicians who refuse to take simple steps to save our lives — and we’ll be visiting a number of communities that have been affected by gun violence to meet fellow survivors and use our voices to amplify theirs," according to the March For Our Lives information page.
Along the way, organizers will encourage young people to educate themselves on gun-control-related issues and to register to vote.
The March For Our Lives group was spearheaded by survivors of the Feb. 14 Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 dead. The students surged into the national spotlight soon after the attack, demanding the passage of stricter gun control laws across the country. A demonstration, also called March For Our Lives, that drew hundreds of thousands of participants convened in Washington, D.C., earlier this year and spawned hundreds of sister events in cities across the country, including in Charleston.