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Families attend "Central Coast Children's March for Black Lives" to educate youth on racial injustice

Posted at 3:56 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-09 22:09:11-04

During a time when a call for racial equality is ringing across the country, some parents may find it difficult explaining the movement to their kids.

One event in San Luis Obispo — the Central Coast Children's March for Black Lives — is helping children and families create dialogue surrounding racial injustice.

The march began at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Park and dozens of people paraded around the park.

The event also featured a car caravan route for families who preferred not to march.

There were breakout groups for "littles," middles" and "bigs" to teach children about systemic racism depending on their age and maturity level.

"It's not an easy topic to talk about racism in America, and because of that, some people may be hesitant to or just not know how to bring that up to their kids, but the point of this event is to show that we have to bring it up with our kids. We can't just be ignorant to it," said Amman Asfaw, a volunteer at the event.

Organizers say the purpose of the event is to "educate the community's youth on racial injustice and anti-Blackness through peaceful, age-appropriate actions."