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Steven Lawrence Day 2023 - April 22nd

R. G. Ravello

31 Mar 2023

On 22 April 1993, at the age of just 18, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. He didn’t know his killers and his killers didn’t know him.

Steven Lawrence Day is an event celebrated yearly in the United Kingdom in memory of a young man named Steven Lawrence. It is observed on the 22nd of April every year, and it aims to remember Steven's life, as well as to promote his legacy, which includes justice, fairness, and equality for all people.

The day holds significant importance in the UK, especially for the Black community, because of the circumstances surrounding Steven's death. Steven Lawrence was a young man of Jamaican descent who was brutally murdered by a group of racist youths in an unprovoked attack in Eltham, South East London, on April 22, 1993.

The murder attracted national attention and exposed the widespread institutional racism that had existed in the Metropolitan Police Service at the time. The Metropolitan Police Service's subsequent investigation into the murder exposed its inadequacy and eventually led to a public inquiry, the MacPherson Inquiry, which made headline news in the UK.

The MacPherson Inquiry's report was released on February 24, 1999, and it concluded that the police investigation of Steven Lawrence's murder was "institutionally racist." The report highlighted problematic issues with police procedures, including evidence of unfair treatment of Black people by the police, bias against Black people, and a lack of accountability; none of the suspects had been brought to justice.

Following the report, significant police reforms were pursued, including the introduction of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, which made it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of race, and the establishment of the police force's Race and Diversity Directorate.

The Steven Lawrence Day initiative began in 2019, which was the 26th anniversary of Steven's death. The initiative was established by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, aimed at ensuring that Steven's legacy was kept alive.

The trust has a two-pronged approach to its work; it supports young people with diverse backgrounds, giving them opportunities to succeed and to reach their potential. Secondly, it campaigns for a fairer and more just society, regardless of race or ethnicity.

The Charitable Trust works collaboratively with young people, schools, and communities to create opportunities, raise awareness of systemic issues, and encourage skill development. The trust's work aligns with its focus on breaking down barriers that prevent people from achieving their goals and making a better future for themselves. The Steven Lawrence Day is an annual event that takes place on the anniversary of Steven's murder. The day is used to remember Steven, his life and legacy.

It is also a time to acknowledge the progress that has been made towards creating a fair and equal society and to recognize the areas where work is still needed. The Steven Lawrence Charitable Trust invites everyone to participate in various activities to commemorate Steven's life and legacy.

These include, but are not limited to, educational seminars, workshops, conferences, and community events. One of the most significant events during the campaign is the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture, which commenced in 2000, and it is held annually on the anniversary of Lawrence's murder.

The lecture examines current topics and themes in social justice and equality, and draws input and support from key individuals who have been central to promoting and advocating for equalities, including civil rights activists, policymakers, ministers and key public figures.

Apart from the lecture, other events that are held as part of Steven Lawrence Day include charity walks, sporting activities, and community-based programs.

These initiatives are geared towards creating positive changes, taking actions that bring about social equality at all levels, and creating an environment in which everyone is respected, regardless of their race or ethnicity.

In conclusion, the significance of Steven Lawrence Day cannot be overemphasized. It is an essential event that reminds us of the need for a more just and equitable society, and it provides an opportunity for everyone to work together in realizing the change we desire in our communities.

The Steven Lawrence Charitable Trust continues to empower young people and to campaign for racial equality and justice while maintaining Steven's legacy alive. Remembering Steven Lawrence, and working towards the ideals he promoted: fairness, equality, and justice for all, is, therefore, the essence of Steven Lawrence Day.

S-REP and Steven Lawrence Day:

As part of our acknowledgment to Stephen Lawrence day SREP will be taking Black leaders in Stockport to Stockport County Football Club we will be meeting with Management talk about Black players who came through and explore how SCFC engage with Black and Asian youths and much more . If you are a Black or Asian leader, please connect with us at to book a place. deadline 10th April 2022

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