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Kids Can Make A Change! Protest Organized By 8-Year-Old Brings Crowd Of Hundreds

He wanted to give kids like him a chance to be heard – wait until you hear his inspiring speech!

As protests calling for racial equality continue around the country, even the youngest among us are using their voices to make a difference.

After attending a few protests in his community in Kirkwood, MO, eight-year-old Nolan Davis was inspired to plan his own march for children. Little did he know that hundreds of people would respond to what he had to say:

Nolan and his 5-year-old sister are both mixed race, and were adopted by Ryan and Kristin Davis.

Ryan and Kristin Davis adopted Nolan and his sister. Kristin Davis/Facebook

While Kristin acknowledges the challenges of explaining systemic racism and police brutality to her children, she finds it's important to talk with them openly and have honest discussions.

Both parents have shared lessons with their children that their white friends don't need to know, like playing with water guns in the backyard "because you don't want it to get mistaken for something else," or always keep the hood of a hooded sweatshirt down so you don't look suspicious.

Nolan led the group of peaceful protestors from a nearby park to a neighboring shopping center. Kristin Davis/Facebook

"We're preparing them for when they're older and taller and bigger," Kristin told CNN. "When they're not going to be perceived as cute little kids anymore."

After hearing about the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody, Nolan "wanted to speak out more for the rights of people who look like him," so he made a flyer advertising his "Children's Black Lives Matter March" and posted it to Facebook to help spread the word.

With the help of his mother, Nolan created a flyer for his protest and posted it to social media. Kristin Davis/Facebook

Nolan said he wasn't expecting a huge turnout for the march, but when families started to gather at Kirkwood Park last Saturday, he was pleasantly surprised.

"We thought that maybe 50 people would be there," Nolan said. "But there were like 700 people."

Children and families from all backgrounds and walks of life drew hopeful messages on the sidewalks with chalk, like "Stop Racism" and "Be Kind To Everyone."

Over 700 people -- children and their families -- joined with Nolan to express their solidarity. @keysorpride

Before the march started, Nolan addressed the crowd and gave a powerful speech.

"I'm worried about Black people, like me, getting hurt. Some skin is like chocolate. Some is like vanilla. Some is mixed together like mine. But we're all people," he said through a megaphone.

Nolan hopes to inspire other kids his age to use their voices to fight for equality. @keysorpride

Nolan, holding a homemade sign that read, "Kids Can Make A Change," led the group from the park through the neighboring shopping district. The march was supported by the local pollice.

The elementary schooler hopes that his actions will inspire other young people to do similar marches in their communities.

"Even though I'm a kid, it's important to speak my voice so people can hear me and know they can share their voice too, just like me," he said.


How can you start something good?

If you're looking for resources on how to talk to your kids about racism, check out this document published by a website in the United Kingdom.

The popular children's series, Sesame Street, recently aired a Racism Town Hall episode, which you can view here.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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