Alexandria 2nd grader featured on cover of Time Magazine

Alexandria 2nd grader featured on cover of Time Magazine. (ABC7)

It’s been six months since 7-year-old Havana Chapman-Edwards was the only student at her Alexandria elementary school to take part in a national walkout protesting gun violence.

A photo of her sitting all alone outside Fort Hunt Elementary School went viral in the days that followed Havana’s quiet but powerful demonstration.

Since then, she’s given speeches at numerous protests across the DMV and across the country.

Now, the young activist is taking her message to the cover of Time Magazine.

“I felt proud for everyone in that Time Magazine,” Havana said. “I may be tiny, but my voice is not.”

She’s one of 245 people featured in Time’s special issue on guns in America.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief said they partnered with artist JR for the project.

Together, he says the artist and a team of Time journalists spent five months photographing and recording 245 people who represent different voices and opinions in the debate over guns.

The stories of Havana and 244 others are told in the magazine’s print edition and through an interactive online version as well.

“I don’t want other people to get shot and killed,” Havana said. “Like the kids that died in Sandy Hook and Columbine and all those other schools that had school shootings.”

Once this issue of Time hits newsstands, Havana plans to hang a copy in her room. She says it’s a moment she’ll always remember.

But she also hopes it sends an important message to other kids.

“I would say that you’re never too little to make a difference, and I would say that girls are unstoppable. One girl is powerful, but a movement of girls is unstoppable.”

Over the next few months, a mural of this Time Magazine cover will be on display at museums across the country.

On Oct. 30, you can check it out from 6-9 p.m. at Union Market in DC.

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