- A nine-year-old boy in Chicago staged a demonstration for peace and understanding to show his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The grade-schooler started putting up chalk drawings on the sidewalk in front of their house, calling for social justice in his community.
- Neighbors took notice of these efforts and posted a picture of the grade-schooler from across the street on social media to share the young activist’s message online.
A nine-year-old boy in Chicago holds his Black Lives Matter protest outside his house, challenging neighbors to take part.
Aiden Kelley staged a demonstration for peace and understanding, putting up chalk drawings that call for social justice in his community. This comes with the increasing number of tense standoffs between police and protesters throughout the country.
Neighbors took notice of these efforts and posted a picture of the grade-schooler from across the street on social media to share the young activist’s message online. The tweet has since received numerous retweets and likes from people commending this initiative.
“There’s been a lot of crazy things happening for the past few days and I wanted to make people feel happy,” he told Good Morning America.
The grade-schooler wanted to send his messages of support after learning more about the movement.
“I didn’t want to just be out here with a crowd staring at me holding my sign,” he said. “I mean, I thought it would be better to just stand here and have people come and then ask them if they want to draw and write something.”
Katya Kelley said that this happened after one of their neighbors encouraged other families to draw hearts in their driveways in solidarity with the protests.
Her son wanted to show his support, his mom told GMA. He covered the sidewalk in front of their driveway in drawings and messages, asking people to support this movement opposite systemic racism.
“He was outside doing this all Saturday. Our neighborhood is really tight and he was trying to encourage people that were just driving by,” she said. “Some would stop and help him, others would tell him to keep up the good work.”
Katya wanted to participate in larger protests in the city. She also considered taking her children to take part in these protests in person but refrained. Instead, she made sure that her son understands the protesters’ message from the television and started teaching him about social justice.
The grade-schooler requests people to write or draw inside one of the hearts, hands, or flowers he put outside on the sidewalk, pushing his neighbors to “be kind and inspire others.”
“I just want everybody to be treated nicely and not anybody be treated differently,” Aiden said.