Theresa May announces "Stephen Lawrence Day"

Lawrence Kim
April 24, 2018

Commissioner Cressida Dick said on the 25th anniversary of the racist murder yesterday that the 18-year-old's death had personally shaped her approach to policing and had been a catalyst for change throughout United Kingdom forces.

And so, today, with Baroness Lawrence's blessing, I can announce that the Government will work with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to establish a national, annual commemoration of Stephen's life and legacy, to take place on the 22nd of April each year: Stephen Lawrence Day.

It's been 25 years since the murder of 18-year-old Stephen Lawrence shook the country.

In an introduction to the order of service, Doreen Lawrence wrote: "I wish for Stephen's name not to be identified by his murder, but by the mark he has left on this country and the wider world and for the role model he was and continues to be for many young people today, even though the majority of them would not have been born at the time of his death".

Mrs May was among a number of national figures, including Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, who joined Stephen's parents Doreen and Neville at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London.

Campaigning QC Michael Mansfield has shocked viewers by using the words n***** and c*** during an interview about the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Prince Harry read a message of support on behalf of the Prince of Wales, who in 2000 gave the annual Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture which began with a tribute to the Lawrence family.

A memorial of Lawrence's life and legacy took place today.

Henry interviewed three beneficiaries of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which supported more than 2,000 young adults past year with training, mentoring and bursaries.

Stephen had ambitions to become an architect when he was set upon by five white youths at a bus stop in southeast London in what an inquest ruled was an unprovoked racist attack. Only two, David Norris and Gary Dobson, were convicted of murder nearly two decades later, and last week Scotland Yard said it had no new lines of inquiry to pursue.

Three other men have consistently been accused of the killing but never convicted.

The shocking police failures led to a watershed moment in race relations in the United Kingdom, and the subsequent Macpherson inquiry concluded that the police were guilty of institutional racism.

Duwayne Brooks, who was with Lawrence during the attack, says he heard the group yell racially abusive language before launching their violent assault on his friend.

According to People, the case "drew scrutiny on the police and led to new laws in the United Kingdom", although no convictions were made until almost 20 years later.

The bungled case led to a major public inquiry and eventually a change in the law to allow Dobson to be tried twice for murder. Last week, Scotland Yard said it had no new lines of inquiry to pursue.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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