In the wake of George Floyd's killing and the resulting worldwide protests against police brutality, Sesame Street is doing what they do best—having a necessary, difficult conversation with kids about what's going on in the world.
On Saturday (June 6), Sesame Street will team up with CNN to co-host a town hall to address racism in the United States. Big Bird will moderate the discussion for children and parents alongside CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill. In addition to discussing what happened to George Floyd, Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism will also discuss protesting, embracing diversity, and being more empathetic and understanding. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita will also participate in the special. The three Sesame Street characters will join various experts to help answer questions submitted by families ahead of the town hall.
Sesame Street also took to social media to address the situation on Tuesday (June 2). "Racism has no place on our Street — or on any street," Sesame Street's message, which was shared across all of its official social media accounts, begins. "Sesame Street was built on diversity, inclusion, and, especially, kindness."
"Today and every day we stand together with our Black colleagues, partners, collaborators and the entire Black community," the message continues. "We stand with our friends around the globe to speak out against racism, to promote understanding, and to create a world that is smarter, stronger, and kinder."
The 60-minute special is set to air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism will also be streamed live on CNN.com and on the CNN app, without requiring a cable log-in.