We want to shed light on what has been left out of our education system, we want to shed light on what we should ALREADY know, but don’t.  


We will warn you in advance though. Some of what you learn may upset you. Some of what you learn may uplift you.  


All of what you learn will empower you.  


Think of this as the start of a beautiful journey of self discovery. We cannot possibly cover every piece of history linked to Bristol across every sector or time point, but we do hope to give you bits of a massive jigsaw for you to piece together at your own leisure. 

This project exists for the community to collaborate with us. This is your project as much as it is ours. If you feel like particular sections are missing some bits of information (spoiler alert, they are!) then get in touch and let's work!!


We hope you find this useful. We hope you find this inspiring. We hope you find bits of yourself within the history of our people.  


Love, guidance and light always. 


Team Zazi 



There is a reason we put together this project. The education system as it stands does not do enough to show young black people the history of the city they live in and how this city has been shaped by black people across time and space. We view historical education as a mental health intervention, because when you know yourself, you know your strength. By stripping Black history away from the curriculum, you strip away an opportunity for a young person to form their identity. We want you to know that your history leaves clues, it leaves lessons and it leaves examples of how excellent black truly is. It provides you with an example of how excellent you are. 


OTR Bristol is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Project Zazi is a part of OTR. You can find out more about Zazi here.