March for Our Lives Rally in Boston Commons

On Boston Common, and around the US, thousands make their voices heard:

(Copy and links from Boston Globe; photos by Nancy Marks)

Students galvanized by last month’s deadly school shooting in Florida led tens of thousands of demonstrators Saturday in a march and rally in Boston to push for stronger gun control and draw attention to the stark toll that gun violence takes on communities of color.

Police estimated 50,000 people participated in the march through city streets for Boston’s version of the worldwide rallies called March for Our Lives, a mayoral spokeswoman said. Protest organizers said more than 100,000 took part.

The event culminated in a rally on Boston Common, where students and teachers spoke movingly of the gun violence that has indiscriminately torn apart lives from the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., to the streets of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

The protest was among more than 800 held Saturday, including the main event in Washington, D.C., which drew hundreds of thousands of people.

Read the Globe’s full coverage of Saturday’s rallies here!