Nearly a year ago, 17 people lost their lives in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On Sunday night, nine students from the Parkland, Fla., school joined the Boston Pops for a concert at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Conducted by Keith Lockhart, the students performed “Shine,” a song that students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña wrote last year about the resilience of their community after the shooting. They received a standing ovation.
“In the wake of that outrage, we learned a lot of things. We learned about the victims, but perhaps at the end of the day we learned more about the survivors,” Lockhart said before the performance. “We learned about their resolve to speak truth to power and resolve to remind us adults and anyone who would listen that we can never think of these things as commonplace or unpreventable occurrences.”
Jenni Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.