SeaWorld CEO to meet with family, Reverend Jesse Jackson amid Sesame Place discrimination lawsuit

LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The SeaWorld CEO is said to be meeting with the family of two 6-year-old black girls who were spotted in viral video being snubbed by a costumed character at Sesame Square.

Marc Swanson will meet with the girls’ parents and Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday to “address the deficiencies that we have identified in this recent press release,” attorney B’Ivory LaMarr said.

Sesame Place, operated by SeaWorld Parks, has announced it is conducting diversity and inclusion training for its employees following a $25 million class action lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination after the video sparked an outcry.

The Sesame Street theme park in Langhorne, Bucks County, said in a statement Tuesday that all employees are mandated to attend training courses designed to combat prejudice, promote inclusion and prevent discrimination through the end of September.

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The training — developed by civil rights educators — will also be integrated into onboarding for all new employees and “will become an integral part of our training and staff development,” the statement said.

In July, outrage erupted online when a video went viral showing a Sesame Street character waving to the two black girls during a Sesame Square parade. Jodi Brown, the mother of one of the girls, posted the video on Instagram.

Sesame Place Philadelphia President Cathy Valeriano said the park has already begun implementing temporary measures while a review of the park continues.

“We are committed to making our guests feel welcome, included and enriched during their visits to our park,” said Valeriano.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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