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City deliver Black History Month Q&A

As part of Black History Month, City’s Jay Dasilva, Derrick Bonsu and Ebony Salmon took part in a live question and answers session with local students to highlight the importance of diversity.

Black History Month, which takes place from October 1st to 31st promotes and celebrates black contributions to British society and ultimately a better knowledge and understanding of the history of the black community.

More than 400 students from primary schools across Bristol tuned in live for the chance to ask the panel of City players and staff questions about their experiences.

Questions included: what impact the tragic death of George Floyd had had on them; what hurdles had they faced in reaching their current positions; and what experiences of racism had they faced in both their careers and personally.

Jay Dasilva said: “Eradicating racism is something that should happen and is something that we can all contribute to. I hope that all the young people listening and watching can take this on board and can be a part of it.”

City’s Head of Strength and Conditioning Derrick Bonsu said: “We need to pursue change because this is a basic human right we are talking about and it is something we should all aspire to.

“We need to learn to respect each other and celebrate each other and learn to love our neighbour.”

The event was part of Bristol City Robins Foundation’s – the club’s official charity – Premier League Primary Stars programme, which supports the learning of primary school students across south Bristol.

“Eradicating racism is something that should happen and is something that we can all contribute to."
Jay Dasilva

The Robins Foundation Primary Stars Lead Coach James Howiantz commented: “Black History is a huge part of British society and especially here in Bristol, where we have a hugely diverse population.

“It is vital for us to spread positive messages throughout the year about the black community across all primary schools in our city. By sharing these messages and telling pupils about the struggles that black people face we hope to educate an entire generation.”

Watch the full Q&A below

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