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African dance and drumming brings a buzz to the University's Black History Month celebrations

Pupils enjoy the Black History Month workshops

Pupils enjoy the Black History Month workshops

Press release issued: 19 October 2011

Over 130 school children have celebrated the cultural diversity of Bristol as part of Black History Month.

A series of workshops and activities were organised by the University of Bristol Students’ Union [UBU] for Year 7 and 8 pupils to both educate them and inspire them to consider going to university.

The packed programme of events included African dance and drumming, improvisational theatre performances, a lesson on the history of Africa and a look at diversity in Bristol.

These sessions were run by local community providers, Bristol Debating Union and staff from both the Students’ Union and University. 

Sam Budd, the Chief Executive of the Students’ Union, opened the day and local poet Miles Chambers gave a rousing rendition of his poem ‘I belong here’.

Sophie Bennett, Welfare and Equality Officer at UBU, said: “Feedback from teachers and students was overwhelmingly positive, with teachers already asking to return next year.

“The Widening Participation Office gave an engaging talk on University life. Lunch, provided by the Thali Café, went down a storm with both students and staff, as did the interactive voting quiz which closed the day." 

Josh Alford, Education Officer at UBU, added: “In addition to being a celebration of Black History Month, we also wanted to look to the future and raise the aspirations of black and ethnic minority students. We feel that it’s really important to continue our work with local schools to encourage pupils from all backgrounds to consider university.”

Sophie and Josh thanked the dedicated team of student volunteers, who worked with the pupils throughout the day, and also the Alumni Foundation and Teach First for their financial support.

For full details of the events planned for Black History Month, please visit the Students' Union website.

Further information

Please contact Sophie Bennett for further information.
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