OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of Oklahomans joined a worldwide movement on Saturday to stand up for equal rights by joining a march.
“I actually wanted it to be huge, but I didn't expect it to be huge. So, I'm really excited about the turnout,” said a participant of the Women’s March on Oklahoma.
Organizers of the 2017 Women’s March on Oklahoma in Oklahoma City said roughly 12,000 people stepped up early on Saturday morning to speak out in the name of equality.
"I think that it's been too long for us to still be seen as an inferior race. I think that, with a lot that's been happening, our rights are in jeopardy,” said participant Jasmine Johnson.
Each person, no matter how old or young, marched with a message.
“I feel like it's very important to show your need for equal rights and everyone getting their own opinion out to the world,” said another participant.
“I hope people understand it's not a protest. It is actually a unifying of people for human rights and for intersecting identities. Women, men, children coming together to not only celebrate but bring awareness to what topics are important to us,” said participant Hannah Royce.
Organizers said, worldwide, 2.5 million people participated in marches Saturday.