Stephen Lawrence Day 2021

Stephen Lawrence Day was established by the then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019, on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death. It is a day dedicated to Stephen’s memory that also allows people to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. See below for more information on Stephen's story, the goals of the foundation and why you should get involved, plus details of webinars and resources.

Stephen Lawrence was a black British teenager who was murdered in an unprovoked racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Eltham on the evening of 22 April 1993.

His death and the subsequent police investigation raised serious issues about police practice, highlighting institutional racism within the police, and wider attitudes in this country.

In the wake of Stephen’s murder, activists drove forward anti-racism and equality reforms, changing the law, practice and attitudes. That is Stephen's legacy.

We know there is further yet to go. Racial prejudice still exists in this country and everyday discrimination and harassment are still happening in our workplaces.

Community is working in partnership with Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE, Stephen's mother and a member of Community, to raise awareness and to help us all to take practical steps towards change, in Stephen’s memory.

Baroness Lawrence wants Stephen Lawrence Day to be about hope- as we all work together to build a fair and civilised society, free from discrimination. We invite you to take a moment to consider how you can take an active role in building an inclusive society for all.

Getting involved

We encourage everyone to get involved at some capacity, whether it is simply spreading awareness of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation or ensuring that your workplace is supporting BAME workers. We would encourage anyone working in education and early years to take a proactive approach to discuss the issues surrounding racism and hate crime with the children that you're responsible for.

Read our blog on supporting Stephen Lawrence Day.

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Click here to fill out a form to register your interest in getting involved.

Click here to download a template email you can use to ask your school to get involved in Stephen Lawrence Day 2021.

Upcoming Webinars

Stephen Lawrence Day Live Assembly – 22 April, 9.00am-10.00am

Join Ben Cajee, CBeebies presenter, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Hon Stuart Lawrence for a virtual school assembly focused on the themes of friendship, respect and difference. How do we make sure anti-racism work doesn't end at the school gate? Why is it so important black history is included in the curriculum and taught in classrooms? How do we reach the young people of today? Hear from and question the experts and listen to a special address from Baroness Doreen Lawrence on why education is so close to her heart since the murder of Stephen Lawrence 28 years ago.

Click here to register with SLDF or contact us on equalities@community-tu.org.

Event will be streamed on YouTube.

Anti-racism in education and beyond, with Doreen Lawrence – 22 April, 1.00pm-2.00pm

Join us on Stephen Lawrence Day for this discussion with Doreen Lawrence and an expert panel (Nardia Foster, Cllr Graham Campbell, Romel Davies, Sir Geoff Palmer and Melantha Chittenden (moderator)) on the importance of anti-racism within education work. How do we make sure anti-racism work doesn’t end at the school gate? Why is it so important black history is included in the curriculum and taught in classrooms? How do we reach the young people of today?

Hear from and question the experts and listen to a special address from Baroness Doreen Lawrence on why education is so close to her heart since the murder of Stephen Lawrence 28 years ago.

Click here for further details and to register, or contact us on equalities@community-tu.org.

Event will be streamed on YouTube.

Hate crime webinar with Stuart Lawrence and Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC for Derbyshire – 23 April, 11.00am-1.00pm

Community is committed to tackling hate crimes and we have partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to raise awareness of such abhorrent crime and to speak out against it. The webinar will be attended by members of Community and representatives from schools. This will include a 10 minute talk from Hardyal Dhindsa who will discuss his role as Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, and his commitment to tackling hate crime, and how education and early years links into this. Stuart Lawrence, brother of Stephen Lawrence, will also be joining us to discuss his family's role in decades of campaigning for justice, and draws on his experience as a former teacher.

The webinar will also provide an overview of the Stephen Lawrence case and cover the following topics:

  • Who are hate crimes targeted at?
  • What is the impact of hate crime on the victim and the wider community?
  • What are the barriers to reporting hate incidents?
  • How can we report hate incidents?

Click here to register, or contact us on equalities@community-tu.org.

Difficult conversations webinar, with Hope not Hate – Date and time TBC (May 2021)

With Britain becoming ever more divided it is key that we learn to have productive conversations with those who disagree with us to help combat racism, xenophobia and all forms of prejudice.

This session offers effective methods for changing the minds of people who have deeply-held, irrational views that are racist or xenophobic, without relying on “myth-busting” techniques. We explore practises that seek to understand people’s perspectives, rather than focus on their objectionable conclusions.

Click here to register, or contact us on equalities@community-tu.org.

Our guide for members and reps

This handbook aims to encourage and remind us of our duties to speak up and act against racism and discrimination. We have produced this guide to help our members and reps understand the law around discrimination, and provide advice on how to work in our own workplaces to tackle and prevent racism and racially motivated harassment.

Download handbook

Share what you will do

You can mark the day by sharing with us online one thing you will do to make society fairer, either film a short clip of yourself talking about what you will be doing to support the foundation or tackle racial prejudice. Post online what activities you will be doing to support the foundation's cause, tagging the following in your post: @communityunion, @sldayfdn and hashtagging it with #StephenLawrenceDay.

Useful resources

For more information on the above or to get involved, email equalities@community-tu.org 

If you are a member of Community and need help or advice, please contact us at servicecentre@community-tu.org or on 0800 389 6332.

To join Community, visit www.community-tu.org/join.

Media

Stephen Lawrence Day: a legacy of change in education, Education Executive, 16 April 2021

Stephen Lawrence Day: A Legacy of Change:

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