Together We Sit, United We Stand

How Des Plaines 8-Year-Old Made Sit-In For Racial Unity Reality

By Lauren Barry | on August 12, 2020

Taija (with Theophania on her lap), Tempess, Tové and Todd Sparkman of Des Plaines.

In a summer filled with moments of stress and isolation, Des Plaines’ Lake Park was the site of a peaceful gathering to celebrate love and racial unity Sunday, Aug. 2. 

“It was very amazing,” Tempess Sparkman, the almost-9-year-old Des Plaines resident who initiated the sit-in told the Journal & Topics in a sit-down interview Monday. “I think it was a very good learning experience.”

Read more: Journal & Topics

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