‘Speak up!’ — ‘Sesame Street’ tackles racism in TV special
(AP) – “Sesame Street" has always pressed for inclusion. Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — will later this month air the half-hour anti-racist special "The Power of We” and hopes families will watch together. The special defines racism for younger viewers and shows how it can be hurtful. “Sesame Street,” which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, has a history of explaining the world to children, tackling everything from foster care to substance abuse. The latest special comes on the heels of “Sesame Street” contributing to “Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism,” a CNN town hall special in June hosted by Van Jones and Erica Hill.
'Sesame Street' and CNN's Town Hall Perfectly Explains Racism and the Need to Come Together
Sesame Street has a long history of bringing important issues and powerful messages to children and families within their show. Not all streets are like Sesame Street. Not all streets are like Sesame Street. #CNNSesameStreet pic.twitter.com/mkL5ltCg21 CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2020There were also inspiring moments and segments, with 12-year-old Keedron Bryant talking about his viral song, "I Just Want To Live." https://t.co/icV04F4FNW pic.twitter.com/YF1DLZUhQj CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2020Many people watching the special, couldn't help but applaud Sesame Street and CNN on social media for delivering a meaningful message.
‘Sesame Street’ to host a town hall addressing racism
As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and "Sesame Street" are refocusing their second town hall to address racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. They will be joined by "Sesame Street" characters -- including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita -- and other experts answering questions submitted by families. The first CNN “Sesame Street” town hall in April addressed the coronavirus pandemic that has already seen many families sheltering at home, grappling with trying to explain the dangers of COVID-19 to their children. How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.