Stephen Lawrence Day 2022: Tributes pour in on 29th anniversary of his death

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Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack on 1993 (PA/ family handout) (PA Media)
Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack on 1993 (PA/ family handout) (PA Media)

Today is the fourth annual Stephen Lawrence Day, and the 29th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s death.

Lawrence was murdered in 1993, at just 18 years old, in a racist attack in southeast London. His death sparked outrage and ignited conversations around racism and injustice in the UK.

His family established The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to “inspire a more equal, inclusive society, and to foster opportunities for marginalised young people in the UK,” according to the website, and National Stephen Lawrence Day was founded in his memory.

What is Stephen Lawrence Day?

Stephen Lawrence Day was founded in 2019 to celebrate his legacy and to raise awareness of racial inequality.

In 2019, Lawrence’s mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, wrote in The Guardian: “I hope that the first National Stephen Lawrence Day will help to drive forward an important national conversation about how we can all build a fairer and more inclusive Britain.

“But more importantly, I want this day to inspire our country’s future generation into living their best life – in the same spirit as Stephen.”

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Stephen Lawrence Day tributes

On Friday, the London Eye will be illuminated orange in honour of Lawrence, while tributes to have been pouring in on social media.

Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “29 years ago, Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racist attack. I’m proud to have helped bring his killers to justice — we must do more to rid racism from our society.

“I stand with my friend, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, to champion and honour Stephen’s legacy for change.”

Journalist Lorraine King said: “On this day 29 years ago an innocent teen was murdered because he was black. It was only the strength and courage of his heartbroken parents that saw some sort of justice served.

“Continue to RIP Stephen Lawrence (13 September, 1974 - 22 April, 1993)”

Labour MP David Lammy said: “29 years ago today Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a brutal racist attack.

“There is still so much to do to tackle injustice in this country. We need to create a Britain where everyone has the chance to succeed.”

Arsenal FC said: “Today is National Stephen Lawrence Day. This is a vital opportunity to shine a light on Stephen’s legacy and the work of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation.

We’re proud to be linked with [the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation through our No More Red initiative in partnership with Adidas Football.”

Find out more about Stephen Lawrence Day at https://stephenlawrenceday.org/.

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