Stephen Lawrence Day, 22 April 2021

We will no longer ignore, the racism we all deplore.

We will never forget Stephen Lawrence.

Directed by Simon Frederick. Written by Simon Frederick, Marcus Jones & Max Cyrus. Narrated by Max Cyrus

And, from the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation website:

Stephen Lawrence was born and grew up in south-east London, where he lived with his parents Neville and Doreen, his brother Stuart and sister Georgina.

Like most young people, he juggled an active social life, school work, family commitments, and part-time employment. But he also had ambitions to use his talent for maths, art, and design to become an architect, and wanted to have a positive impact on his community.

Tragically, his dream of becoming an architect was never realised. On 22 April 1993, at the age of just 18, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. He didn’t know his killers and his killers didn’t know him.

After the initial police investigation, five suspects were arrested but not convicted. A public inquiry into the handling of Stephen’s case was held in 1998, leading to the publication of the Macpherson Report, which has been called ‘one of the most important moments in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain’.

It led to profound cultural changes in attitudes to racism, to the law and to police practice. It also paved the way for a greater understanding of discrimination of all forms and new equalities legislation.

Get involved, here.

And read his brother, Stuart Lawrence’s, new book, Silence is not an Option.

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The book is aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 16, but as the publisher, Scholastic, writes:

Stuart’s aim with this book is to use his own experience to help young people – to help all people – harness the good in themselves and in the world around them, using that fire of positivity to create change in their lives.

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I write fiction about the difficulty we have when we try to say what's in our hearts.
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One Response to Stephen Lawrence Day, 22 April 2021

  1. Caroline says:

    Good work, Ange . It’s striking how Stephen Lawrence’s family have been been so effective in raising awareness at a national level, remarkable family.