Sesame Street and CNN Team Up to Help Parents Explain Racism to Kids

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Sesame Street and CNN Team Up to Help Parents Explain Racism to Kids

parentingUpdated August 5, 2020

by Mary Alice Carpenter

Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife


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Sesame Street has been helping parents to educate their children, both emotionally and intellectually, for over fifty years. They’ve taken it upon themselves to help children process the complex emotions that arise in both everyday life and during times of transition, disaster, and now a revolution. As parents struggle to explain our country’s history of racism and the current events shedding light upon it, Sesame Street and CNN have teamed up to put on a Town Hall event this Saturday, June 6, at 10 am EST. The first CNN-Sesame Street Town Hall collaboration took place in April, addressing the global pandemic to help parents and their children understand COVID-19.

What will it be like?

Big Bird and CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill will moderate the town hall.  Sesame Street characters Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita will be there, too, along with other experts who will answer questions submitted by families. If you would like to submit a question, you can do so here.

How can we watch it?

Families can tune in to the one-hour special on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español. You can also stream it live on the CNN homepage and your mobile devices through CNN’S apps (no cable login required). It will also be available to watch catch on-demand on your cable or satellite systems and CNNgo.

This Town Hall should provide parents with a framework of how to address the present and history of racism in our society, but it’s just a starting point! Expect your children to have even more questions after watching the special, and keep the conversations going.


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