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Field Notes: A child's perspective on the movement for racial equality

"The people that are saying Black Lives Matter, it made me proud and happy. It made me feel like, it made me feel like I was a person," said 6-year-old Jordyn Smith.

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Young people are watching, learning and listening to the conversation regarding racial inequality — sometimes, they’re even teaching. Six-year-old Jordyn Smith's words resonated with people across the country.

"The people that are saying Black Lives Matter, it made me proud and happy. It made me feel like, it made me feel like I was a person," Jordyn said while attending a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Cincinnati. Her quote went viral, and even inspired an artist in North Carolina to paint a portrait of Jordyn.

"I gave her big beautiful hair and I put flowers in it to kind of represent all the growth and possibilities that are going on right now," Heather Romano said of her portrait. "I was just struck by the sincerity of her words and how true they must ring for countless children."

Jatara McGee, a reporter with Ohio-based WLWT, who reported the stories, says Jordyn's words made an immediate impact on viewers.

"I got messages from people that said, ‘I hadn't really made up my mind about what I think about what's going on. But hearing that little girl and what she had to say, made me think differently about all of this.’ And I think that's part of our role as journalists right now is to show those different perspectives and give people a full picture to make up their mind about the current events."


Learn more about Jordyn's story in the video above.

Each week, “Field Notes” brings you a handful of stories about how people across the country are educating themselves, speaking out against racism, and finding ways to help the United States get closer to becoming a place that's safe and inclusive for all.