Students participating in a national school walkout to protest gun violence marched from the White House to the U.S. Capitol on March 14. Their route down Pennsylvania Avenue passed in front of the Newseum and its 75-foot high tablet engraved with the 45-words of the First Amendment. Photo courtesy Michael Bateman/Newseum
The program is free with paid admission to the Newseum, and because all Newseum tickets are valid for two consecutive days, attendees can visit for free on Saturday during the “March for Our Lives.”
At the program, students will recount their experiences witnessing and reporting on the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 of their fellow students and teachers. During the shooting, reporters for the school’s newspaper The Eagle Eye recognized not only that they were involved in the major story but they also had a responsibility to report on it. The event thrust them into the role of being both crime victims and reporters.
On Saturday, March 24, the students will report from Washington, D.C., on that day’s “March for Our Lives,” an event organized by the survivors of the shooting that calls for increased gun control and school safety measures.
As the museum that celebrates and seeks to increase public understanding of our First Amendment freedoms, the Newseum has compiled resources for “March for Our Lives” participants as they exercise their freedoms in our nation’s capital, as well as for student groups and other visitors to D.C. on this historic weekend.
During the march, the Newseum will encourage participants to use their freedom of expression through message boards and sidewalk chalk in front of the building, and photo opportunities with the 74-foot-high First Amendment tablet featured on the museum’s iconic façade.
The Newseum, located three blocks from the main event stage, has had a front-row seat to hundreds of historic protests along Pennsylvania Avenue. The Hank Greenspun Family Terrace provides Newseum visitors with panoramic views of the street, historic monuments and the National Mall.
ABOUT THE NEWSEUM
The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. The Newseum also reaches millions of students through its robust offering of on-site classes and workshops. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including its principal funder, the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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