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.
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.
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Professional Officer Craig Thomson on why #StephenLawrenceDay is important in tackling hate, racism and discrimination.
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We spoke with @DLawrenceOBE about her work with Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and why it is important that the fight against racism continues.
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
- Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation
- TUC Research: Is racism real?
- Tackling the far right: an interactive guide (TUC)
- Challenging racism after the EU referendum: a TUC action plan
- ACAS guidance on bullying and harassment and race discrimination
- The Equality and Human Rights Commission have produced a leaflet and letter to employers on race hate incidents.
- Hope not hate: important work on anti-fascism
- Show racism the red card: anti-racism resources
- Holocaust Educational Trust: educational resources
- Community Security Trust: resources on antisemitism
- Voice Community's Commitment to Racial Equality at Work for our staff and members
- Celebrating Stephen Lawrence’s life and legacy on 22 April – and every day (March 2020)
For more information on the above or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To join Community, visit www.community-tu.org/join.
Stephen Lawrence Day: a legacy of change in education, Education Executive, 16 April 2021
"My family had to wait a long time for any kind of justice."
28 years ago this month, 18 year old Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack while he was waiting for a bus.
Stephen's brother, Stuart Lawrence, shares his story.
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