January 17, 2023 : By Office of Communications & Public Engagement
In continuation of a longstanding tradition, Liberty University will send buses of students to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Jan. 20, and for the first time ever, Liberty students will lead the march while holding the March for Life banner.
Over 500 students have signed up for the trip, which is being organized through Liberty’s Standing for Freedom Center and the LU Send office.
The March for Life is in its 50th year. Students will have the privilege of participating in this significant event, the first March for Life in a post-Roe America.
Students will board buses on campus at 5 a.m. on Friday and will arrive in the nation’s capital in time to attend pre-rally music and entertainment, featuring the band We Are Messengers, and the March for Life Rally on the National Mall at noon. This year, march organizers asked Liberty to select a student speaker for the rally. Junior music student Summer Smith, president of the Students for Life club at Liberty, will take the stage among an impressive lineup of pro-life leaders, including the Rev. Franklin Graham and Tony and Lauren Dungy.
The March for Life will begin at 1:15 p.m. between 12th and 14th Streets, with marchers proceeding to Constitution Avenue and to the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building.
“I could not be more proud of our Liberty students who have consistently volunteered and turned out with enthusiasm to make their voices heard for sanctity of life,” Executive Director for the Standing for Freedom Center Ryan Helfenbein said. “They help carry on Liberty University’s long and proud history of defending the unborn while standing unapologetically on the authority of God’s Word. They are truly the pro-life generation this country desperately needs.”