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Cornish students raise awareness of Black Lives Matter movement

Cornish students raise awareness of Black Lives Matter movement

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:20am 25th June 2020.

Students from Bodmin College are raising money and awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement.

A group of staff and 6th form pupils have taken on an 35-mile ultramarathon.

Dominic Hill, Mia Rowe, Maya KC Cotton and Jasmine Spencer, all in year 12, walked and part-ran the ultramarathon across some of Bodmin Moor’s most challenging terrain.

“As teens with family members with underlying health issues, we felt that going to public protests were not the best way to raise awareness for us even though we'd love to go. However, we still wanted to do our part and donate as much money as we can to the BLM foundation. Now is the time to help more than ever to ensure change!

“We have to speak out and make a difference to raise awareness of racism – it’s simply not acceptable that in 2020, the black community is discriminated against.”

Dominic Hill, student

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The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum in recent weeks, following the murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in America on 25th May. 

“As a school, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment for every member of our community.

“We are very proud of our students who are embodying everything we stand for at our school.

“We all have a responsibility to stand up for human rights and show solidarity in creating change worldwide.”

Ms Emmie Seward-Adams, Principal at Bodmin College

The Black Lives Matter movement was set up in 2013 following the death of another black American, Trayvon Martin, and has since expanded into a global organisation aiming to end racism against black people.

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“It was such a difficult walk and we were really sore in the days afterwards having trekked so far, but it was all worth it. We have to speak out about the issues of police brutality and racial inequality, and we hope we have encouraged people to have conversations and educate themselves about discrimination towards black people.”

Maya KC Cotton, student

The students all kept a safe distance between each other throughout their walk, in order to follow social distancing guidelines. 

“Racism isn’t born, it is taught, so it’s vital to show our commitment to equality.

"Our students have shown unity with communities across the world in raising awareness for racial injustice. We are all in this together.”

Ms Alison Dures, Head of Performing Arts at Bodmin College

Black Lives Matter protests originated in the USA, turning into global rallies which are now at the forefront of the world’s attention. 

All money raised through the marathon run will go to the Black Lives Matter charity.

You can find their fundraising page here.

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