March 27 was a fantastic day in history: March Madness was born in 1939, Thomas Jefferson was elected into the Continental Congress in 1775, and Japanese cherry trees were planted along the Potomac in 1912. However, in Seattle, Washington, in 2013, We Day was held for the first time in the United States. At 8:00 in the morning, elementary, middle, and high school aged kids from around the country flocked to Key Arena to see musicians, celebrities, and motivational speakers on stage. We Day is more than a one-day event; it is a movement spread by young people that we can make a difference in the world.
We Day is orchestrated by Free the Children, a global organization started by Craig Kielburger, who started Free the Children when he was just twelve years old. He was inspired by a story he read in the newspaper about a boy named Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child sold to a carpet looming factory when he was only four years old. The price of this child: $12. He worked countless hours in the factory tying knot after knot in order to pay off a debt his parents owed. When Iqbal was 10, he escaped from the factory and began to speak out against the injustices of child labor. But on Easter Sunday in 1995, when Iqbal was riding his bike with his cousins, he was fatally shot by the owners of the carpet factory. Continue reading