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NewsNight Conversations: A Question of Race: Answers for Kids

PBS KIDS Talk About Race and Racism

Hosted by inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, this half-hour program features authentic conversations between real children and their parents. The show looks at race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way and offers viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home. Now streaming!

NewsNight Conversations: A Question of Race: Answers for Kids
Experts in child psychology, social justice and education discuss how to talk to children about racism, current events stemming from George Floyd's death and raising the next generation to be advocates for themselves and others.

Featuring:

  • Ann Shillingford-Butler, Ph.D., UCF Associate Professor of Counselor Education
  • Rudy Darden, Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute Facilitator and Professor of English
  • Kimberly Renk, Ph.D., UCF Associate Professor of Psychology

Full episode -- The Power of We:A Sesame Street Special features Elmo and Abby Cadabby, who are joined by 6-year-old Muppet Gabrielle and her cousin, 8-year-old Tamir. Come along with these friends as they learn how to become “upstanders” to unfair treatment based on skin or fur color. Watch here: https://pbskids.org/video/sesame-street/3047592663

A Question of Race: Answers for Kids -- Virtual Q&A with the Experts

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Sesame Street: How to be an Upstander to Racism Song

Join Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Gabrielle, and Tamir to learn what you can say and do when you see someone being treated unfairly because of the color of their skin or fur.

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Sesame Street: Listen, Act, Unite Song | #ComingTogether

“Listen, Act, Unite! These are the things that we do when something that we see is not right.” Sing along with Chris Jackson, Andra Day, and the Sesame Street community as they come together for a virtual sing-along, using their voices to stand up against racism.

Following up on our NewsNight Conversations special, we invited you to ask our experts in child psychology, social justice and education your questions about talking to children (from birth upwards) about racism, current events stemming from George Floyd's death and raising the next generation to be advocates for themselves and others.

Thank you to everyone who joined us.

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