Sesame Street Joins CNN to Host a Town Hall Saturday Addressing Racism

Back in April, Sesame Street partnered with CNN to explain the ABC’s of coronavirus in a televised ‘town hall’ for parents and kids. Now, it’s time to help young families educate their children about racism.

This Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET, CNN and Sesame Street are hosting a 60-minute special Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families.

The PBS Workshop muppets will be embracing diversity and explaining how to be empathetic and understanding. The show intends to talk to kids about the recent nationwide protests, but CNN did not elaborate further.

Big Bird will co-host with CNN commentator Van Jones and reporter Erica Hill to moderate the event. They will be joined by Sesame Street characters—including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita—answering questions submitted by families.

Sesame Street has never been afraid to address society’s dark or scary side with kids. A new Muppet was introduced in 2011 who struggled with hunger. Another muppet moved onto the street who had autism, and they even debuted a cute character who was HIV-Positive in 2009. Last year, a new character named Karli explained how he lived in a foster home.

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How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps, without requiring a cable log-in. The time is 10 a.m. Eastern, on Saturday June 6.

You can send in your own question, or share your story with the town hall, here on CNN.

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