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On Monday 22nd April 2019, the first ever Stephen Lawrence Day will take place, celebrating the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist attack at just 18 years old, on this day in 1993.
Stephen had a bright future ahead of him and, although his life was short, is an example of a life well lived. Stephen's death and events that followed 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.
Stephen Lawrence Day is coordinated by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which was founded by Stephen’s mother, Baroness Lawrence. The Trust works to inspire and support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to create a fairer society.
The objectives of the day are to:
- Inspire and support children and young people to make choices and actions that enable them and others to live their best lives
- Encourage and enable children and young people to play an active role in building stronger communities in which everyone can flourish
- Give children and young people a strong voice in driving social change and creating a society that treats everyone with fairness and respect.
Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. It is an opportunity for children and young people to have their voices heard, make the changes they’d like to see and create a society that treats everyone with fairness and respect.
Through Stephen Lawrence Day, young people can be inspired about what they can achieve in their own lives. The day aims to get young people involved in creating the kind of community they want to live in and we want them to have a strong voice in building a fairer and more inclusive society.
Stephen Lawrence Day is about creating a society in which everyone can flourish.
More information about the day itself, and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust can be found on their website.