Sesame Street has a long history of inclusion and diversity amongst its cast. The show’s latest additions include two new Black muppets named Wesley and his father Elijah Walker.
Sesame Workshop is shifting how they address race and racism on the show, and they’ll do it in the way they have broached so many other weighty topics on the show, a method that allows children to comprehend the core message. Wesley and Elijah are being introduced so that the show can talk about racial identity and what’s it’s like to be Black in America in a greater way, topics that the show has touched on briefly but never in such a focused manner
Also, stay tuned for the documentary highlighting the 50-year impact of this iconic show and the nonprofit behind it.
ABC PRESENTS ‘SESAME STREET: 50 YEARS OF SUNNY DAYS,
A TWO-HOUR SPECIAL ON THE LEGACY AND IMPACT OF THE BELOVED GLOBAL PHENOMENON, AIRING MONDAY, APRIL 26, AT 8|7C
The Documentary Special Chronicles the Creation of a Black Family of ‘Sesame Street’ Muppets as Part of New Racial Justice Initiative
Special Appearances by W. Kamau Bell, Gloria Estefan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Whoopi Goldberg, Christopher Jackson, John Legend, Lucy Liu, Olivia Munn, Questlove, Chrissy Teigen and Usher.
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