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   World Wide Protests for Black Lives Matter

 

Ask an adult to read this with you.

 

You have probably seen on the news that people all over the world are protesting and holding demonstrations because a man called George Floyd died after he was stopped by the police in Minneapolis in the USA. Sadly, this is not the first time that something of this nature has happened and the movement called 'Black Lives Matter' has been protesting since 2013 about the unfair treatment of black people in society, especially by some police officers. Now, people all over the world, from many different backgrounds, have come out to stand beside each other to say that racism (treating people differently because of the colour of their skin) cannot continue and that we must all work together for a fair society and recognise that we are all one race; the human race.

 

Black Americans have been fighting for equal rights for a very long time. Slavery was abolished in the USA in 1865 but black Americans still did not have equality. In the 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr, challenged the idea that white people were superior to black people and fought for equal rights to attend school, to have the right to vote and to be able to fairly access housing.

 

To help you to understand more about the events that are happening in the world at the moment, it will be useful to look back in history to find out what has been happening to black people in America for a very long time. You could research key people in the Civil Rights Movement and create a fact file or information poster. Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks are very important figures who helped some positive changes happen.

 

We would love to see the work that you do on this and hope that it helps you to make sense of what is happening in the world today.

 

If you would like to learn more about George Floyd and the current protests, BBC Newsround has created a special bulletin to explain:

 

 

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like any more information about this issue. We are here to talk to you.

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