8-year-old Nolan Davis shares his speech about Black Lives Matter. You can use your voice to help make change in the world, no matter what age you are! Full speech below. Official Website humanthem.com Twitter twitter.com/humanthemfilms Children's March photos: Bailey Elizabeth Rogers baileyelizabethphoto.com and Instagram @baileyelizabethphoto
Black Lives Matter
Nolan Davis, Age 8
I am Nolan Davis. I’m 8 years old and I love trains because they’re big and strong and I like building tracks for them. I love riding my bike because it gives me energy and helps me get strong. I also like sharing my voice because it helps other kids feel strong enough to share their voice. I wanted to have this march because Black Lives Matter is important to me.
I’m worried about black people, like me, getting hurt. Some skin is like chocolate. Some is like vanilla. Some is mixed together like mine. But WE’RE ALL PEOPLE!
Even though I’m a kid, it’s important to speak my voice so people can hear me and know they can share their voice too, just like me.
There are a lot of amazing black people who are doing great things. I like to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because he helped make things fair for everybody. Simone Biles is someone else I like to learn about because she does gymnastics like me and it’s important for kids to see black people do amazing things like go to the Olympics. I also look up to Barack and Michelle Obama because Barack was a president and when he was president him and Michelle did good things for black people. I want him to be president again!
I want to speak for Black kids everywhere. And kids are in school a lot! Schools really need to think about not having police officers there. Seeing police officers in schools can be kind of scary because you don’t know if it’s a good police or a bad police. Kids shouldn’t be scared when they’re going for a walk that a police officer might hurt them so police officers should be trained on how to make sure they know what’s really happening. Sometimes I’m scared to be black because I don’t want to be killed because of the color of my skin. I shouldn’t have to feel that way.
In school, it’s important for black kids to have black teachers because they know what it’s like to be black. White teachers need to be trained on how to be good teachers for black students.
We don’t need police officers in schools. We need trained counselors, trained teachers, trained principals. It’s time for adults to do the work they should have been doing a long time ago to help make things better for black and brown students. Kids can speak up and make a change, but they should also get to be kids.
Even though we’re all people, black people aren’t getting treated right a lot of the time. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Make people listen! Use your voice to speak up and make a change!
Black Lives Matter!
Be the Change
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