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At 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning one hardly wants to get out of bed, much less walk around and stand in a huge crowd of people for hours. But that’s what nearly 5 million people around the world did during the Women’s March.

The main march was based in Washington D.C. one day after the Inauguration of Donald Trump. While many used the opportunity to directly protest the new president, the main goal was to advocate for women’s rights that might be tested or attacked within the new presidency. It’s not wonder, with such a platform, that the march gained support all over the world and became possibly the largest demonstration the world has seen.

The Atlanta march alone hosted an estimated 60,000 people from all walks of life: women and men, liberals and conservatives, young and old, and everything in between. The sheer volume of people was impressive, but the true astonishment was the atmosphere. This didn’t feel like a protest. This was a bunch of people coming together to celebrate and defend what makes them wonderful. There were people passing around knitted hats, complimenting each other on their creative posters, and chanting together in harmony. Even the rain and wind couldn’t bring the crowds down.

Although the protest wasn’t a perfect representation of protests or even of women, it showed that, despite our differences, we can all come together and be great. It’s our duty to come together across divisions. This is how we make America, and the world, great. Representative John Lewis summed the feeling toward the next four years up perfectly in his address to the Atlanta crowd, “We all came to this land in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.”

Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Atlanta on Saturday. Many held homemade posters with creative slogans or designs.

 

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