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Letter to Zion Trailer

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Dear Zion Aubrey Williams,

I had stopped all my meetings from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020, in anticipation of your arrival. I had planned to turn off my phone and disconnect from the world so I could focus 100% of my time on you, however, just before I was to switch off and reset, the news of George Floyds murder was brought to my attention and I knew that my voice and platform would be of value in the UK at this time more than ever before.

George Floyds death sparked a global uprising from people within the black community and as a result we saw both black and non-black people taking to the streets to protest for justice.

After all of the work that our predecessors did to fight for justice and equality for black people, we shouldn’t still be fighting for the right to be treated fairly in the 21st century. But the sad reality is that as much as there has been progression for black people in some areas, we are still treated unfairly and we are still dealing with racism in society, at work, at school and by law enforcement. Somehow the historically imposed idea that the white race is superior to others has solidified itself within the workplace and the wider society, and as such we do not currently live in a world where I can feel confident that you will not face problems that stem from the negative stereotypes and racism that plagues our world. My concern is that if we sit by and do not take brave & tangible steps forward then by the time you are 20, you will be having the same conversation.

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SIGNED BY

Andrew Denton

Alfa Systems
CEO 

Paul Polman

Imagine

CEO 

Simon Pegg

Stolen Pictures

Founder / Actor

Matthew Layton

Clifford Chance

Global  Managing Partner

Phill Thomas

Cannes Lions

Chairman 

Hywell Ball

EY

Managing Partner UK&I 

Nick Owen

Deloitte

Chairman 

Carolyn McCall

itv

CEO 

Paul Eagleton

BDO

CEO 

Gareth Price

Allen & Overy

Managing Partner 

Chris Ireland

JLL
CEO 

Ken Shuttleworth

Make Architects
Founding Partner 

Anne Boden

Starling Bank

CEO 

Alan Macintyre

Accenture

Global Head of Accenture Banking

Nathan Bostock

Santander UK

CEO 

Cyrus Kapadia

Lazard

CEO 

Alison Rose

RBS/NatWest Group

CEO 

Sir Peter Bazalgette

itv

Chairman 

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