Numerous rallies, marches or other events calling for an end to racism and police brutality are being held in Chicago today, including two where the goal was teaching children about peaceful protest.
One event began at 9 a.m. at Mandrake Park at 3858 S. Cottage Grove Ave. on the city’s South Side. Around 300 people made signs and then marched to the Rainbow PUSH headquarters at 50th and S. Drexel Blvd.
“I’m exhausted because I had to walk a mile from the park to over here,” said nine-year-old Jaylen Westman.
Westman participated in his first protest march to end racism that was geared for children.
“I learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Westman said.
Steven Westman, who is white, wanted to bring his three African-American children to the march for better understanding of the issues for himself and them.
The event was sponsored by Jack and Jill of America Inc., a group founded in 1938 that creates opportunities for American American children.Another event dubbed “Kid-In Humboldt Park” was planned from noon to 2 p.m. on the West Side and described itself as a “kid-led expression around racial justice and in defense of black lives.” That gathering was encouraging families to bring signs, instruments, kites and sidewalk chalk,” among other things.
At least six other demonstrations are planned to take place in the city and suburbs today.