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Mindfulness march teaches kids about racial justice

Posted at 8:02 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 11:49:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hundreds of families turned out for the "Mindfulness March" for Kids to walk with their children in peace in Richmond Sunday afternoon.

The march for kids started in Chimborazo Park and included people of all ages, races and backgrounds as children walked beside their parents in a show of solidarity with their community.

After walking several blocks through the city's historic Church Hill neighborhood, the group paused for nine minutes to honor the life of George Floyd and others.

Tanesha Powell is an educator and a mother, but she was also an activist Sunday.

"Children are the future and if we want things to change, we really need to start with them now," Powell said. "So they understand what is right and what is wrong and what equity and equality and justice mean."

The children said they want their voices to be heard, too.

"I want to support the Black Lives Matter movement," one little boy said. 

While some parents said their children may not understand the complexity of Sunday's march, they still knew the message.

"A world where we're all respected equally," young Reagan said. "It makes me feel like I'm supporting people -- and supporting people is a good thing to do."  

Parent Kimberly Bailey said it is important for her daughter to know about equity for people of all colors, races and genders.

These parents said sometimes the most powerful voices are those of our children -- and that is why it is important to listen.

"It does my heart good to know there's so many people in the City or Richmond that support the movement for bettering the lives of black and brown people," Powell said. 

A similar march also happened in Chesapeake.