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7-Year-Old plans kindness rally in downtown Broken Arrow

Posted at 4:47 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 08:34:57-04

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The death of George Floyd continues to spark protests and rallies across the world and in places like Seattle, New Jersey, and Chicago, most recently.

Here in Tulsa, the message has spread to the youth, and they are preparing to have their voices heard.

Seven-year-old Ailey is one of the many children around the world also witnessing what's happening.

After coming across videos of protests, violence, and rally's she's decided to plan her own rally.

Ailey and her mother Kjersti McBride watched the Brookside protests in Tulsa about a week ago, and it made Ailey very emotional.

“She was so upset, she kept telling me that I can’t make a difference sitting on the couch mom, find me something I can do. I guess I didn’t move fast enough. That next Tuesday she mentioned to my mom and I, that she was having a rally," McBride said.

She told her mother they had to do something, so Ailey began to make plans to have a kindness rally in downtown Broken Arrow.

“Next thing I know she has my phone and I hear this. ‘Hi, I am Ailey and I’m seven and I live here in Broken Arrow, and I really need to set an appointment with the Mayor please. I had a double take, looked at my computer screen and it said Broken Arrow Mayor with the contact information,” McBride said.

Ailey tells me kids and families are invited to walk two blocks, hear a few words from her key note speakers and then draw words of kindness in front of the Pavilion in downtown Broken Arrow.

Ailey says she used to feel angry because she was just sitting on the couch, doing nothing, but now she can make a change.

"I didn’t really like what was going on, on the news when they were breaking windows," Ailey said. "I wanted to tell people that they can all be friends, no matter what they are.”

This rally will take place on Saturday, June 13 at 1pm.

Ailey's two key note speakers will be Clifton Tolbert, and a local Broken Arrow Teacher.

“A couple of my speakers, one is Clifton Tolbert, and he’s talking about kindness, and the other one is going to talk about ways that kids can use their voice and be heard,” Ailey said.

Broken Arrow Police will have main street blocked off from Dallas to Fort Worth from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for safety.

McBride says kids like these are going to help change the future.

“Really, really proud. As a mom you want to protect your kid and you wonder, How much of what’s going on in the world needs to be shared with the world, she is very mature for her age and I know that, but I still try to protect her,” McBride

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