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There’s a lot happening in the world right now—and we shouldn’t avoid having hard conversations with our children, especially when we discuss race.

If you’re wondering how to talk about racial injustice, police brutality and violence against black people, PBS is providing resources to jumpstart these conversations. PBS KIDS will host a virtual event, Talking to Children Authentically about Race and Racism, on YouTube this Tuesday, June 9 at 3:30 pm.

The special will feature educators, child development and trauma experts and parents to explain how you can best discuss these topics with young children. The speakers will include: Jamal Berry, director of Educare Washington, DC; Dana Winters, PhD, director of Simple Interactions and faculty director of Academic Programs at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media; Renee Wilson Simmons, DrPH, executive director of the ACE Awareness Foundation, and Will Tolliver, early learning expert.

Questions addressed in the special will include: How can parents of black children continue to instill confidence and pride in young kids while also explaining the racial inequity and barriers that continue today? And, how can parents of non-black children help young kids understand their role in confronting anti-black racism?

In addition, the special will answer questions from parents and share resources like a recommended reading list, a call to action for white educators to be anti-racist and a hub of education resources for middle and high school students to help them identify and combat anti-black racism.

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