Never Too Young For Justice: Family Concert & Story Time at Smith Memorial Playground | Kids Out and About Philadelphia

Never Too Young For Justice: Family Concert & Story Time at Smith Memorial Playground

Award-Winning Hip Hop Teaching Artists Team Up With Early Childhood Education Advocate to Help Children Process and Work to Change Racial Injustice at Smith Memorial Playground on Friday, July 31. Philadelphia’s historic Smith Memorial Playground will lend its front lawn space (with painted social distancing circles for COVID-19 safety guidance) to award-winning hip hop teaching artists City Love and children’s literature and early childhood education activist, Lisa Browne of Colorful Stories, for “Never Too Young For Justice” -- a socially distanced family concert and story time on Friday, July 31st from 5:30pm-6:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

This one of a kind event will be an evening of reading, singing, dancing, dreaming, and kid-friendly conversations about using our voices for justice.  It will also provide guidance for caregivers on how to best support children in processing recent news stories about race and racism. City Love will perform original music and lead conversations about allyship, identity, and social justice.  Lisa Browne will open the event with a meaningful story time focusing on the themes of “difference” and “using our voices”.

Smith’s Executive Director, Frances Hoover, noted, "our children are witnessing a special moment in history as voices across the country and around the world are rising to challenge the status quo and speak out against injustice.  We'd like to be part of the conversation and a supportive community resource. We are excited to welcome City Love and Colorful Stories to Smith to share their expertise in using the arts for emotional healing and helping children find and use their voices in this complex world."

City Love are award-winning music teaching artists who describe themselves as “Hip Hop James Baldwin, Emcee Nina Simone and 2020 Mister Rogers”.  They make music to spread love, hope, dialogue, justice and healing. City Love was an Equity in Action grant winner for The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools/Carney Sandoe & Associates and were Friends in Residence at Haverford College last year. Learn More at

Colorful Stories' mission is to share racially diverse children’s literature with an unapologetic emphasis on positive black representation. Founder, Lisa Browne, uses books as tools to support conversations about race, racism and justice with young children. She is currently the Program Administrator at an Early Childhood Program in Philadelphia, a certified Professional Development Instructor and Trainer, and a MEd. student in The Educational Leadership Program at Arcadia University. Learn More at  

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a non-profit organization located in Philadelphia’s East Fairmount Park. Founded in 1899, Smith welcomes visitors from more than 500 zip code areas including every zip code in Philadelphia. The mission of Smith is to provide and promote opportunities for unstructured free play for children. Smith contributes to the development of healthy children, strong families, and safe communities by: 1) maintaining a proud tradition of free family admission; 2) partnering with community-based organizations to reach a diverse audience; and 3) advocating for the importance of play. For more information about Smith please visit

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