Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg pledge $1m to gun control march
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Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg pledge $1m to gun control march

In wake of Parkland shooting, Hollywood heavyweights join list of celebrities donating to student-organized protest in Washington DC next month

Jeffrey Katzenberg (L) and Steven Spielberg (R) attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via JTA)
Jeffrey Katzenberg (L) and Steven Spielberg (R) attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images via JTA)

Director Steven Spielberg and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg have pledged $500,000 each to the student-organized March For Our Lives imploring action on gun control.

The nationwide protest scheduled for March 24 is the brainchild of the Never Again movement organized by the student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and joined by students from across Florida and the United States.

In their announcements on Tuesday, Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, and Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, joined stars such as George Clooney and his wife, Amal, and Oprah Winfrey in pledging $500,000 to offset costs of the protest.

Seventeen students and teachers were killed and at least a dozen others wounded in a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at the school by a 19-year-old expelled student with a legally purchased AR-15 assault rifle.

The march to demand action on gun control will take place in Washington, DC, and other cities. Students nationally also plan a walkout from school on March 14.

Hundreds of high school and middle school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia staged walkouts and gather in front of the Capitol in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting February 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Olivier Douliery)
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