Eleven-year-old gun control activist Naomi Wadler is adjusting to her newfound notoriety after giving a heartfelt speech the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., last month. She visited the Ellen Degeneres Show and said she got a call from George Clooney ahead of the march. She recalled her and her family’s reaction to the news, saying, “I’m like, ‘Dad, George Clooney’s going to call us.’ And he’s like, ‘It’s not a big deal, honey. I’m going to Home Depot right now.’”
Wadler gave this impassioned speech.
Her speech caught the attention of people, including senators to celebrities.
Naomi Wadler is an incredible young woman and activist. She is another example of our youth demonstrating the kind of courage and determination that is sorely lacking in Congress. Our future is bright. https://t.co/sHCA3iSMVk
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 2, 2018
"I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don't lead the evening news," Naomi Wadler at March for Our Lives in DC. pic.twitter.com/ISgcwJSvYq
— COMMON (@common) March 25, 2018
With the new attention, she was asked for her autograph at a restaurant. She said, “Then I realized I don’t have a signature.”
The young activist organized a school walkout on the same day the Parkland student activists organized theirs to bring attention to gun violence after a family friend was shot and killed. To Wadler, her message is far important than a phone call from a celebrity. She told DeGeneres, “I feel way too often, black women are shot and their names aren’t remembered. And so I thought this would be a good way to get a message across.”
Watch the Parkland student activists speak out on Ellen:
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