Marking the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day

18 Apr 2019

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Marking the first annual Stephen Lawrence Day

Ahead of the first annual National Day of Remembrance for Stephen Lawrence on April 22nd, Stephen's brother and former teacher, Stuart Lawrence, spoke to Into Film about how the day aims to celebrate the legacy of Stephen Lawrence and be a force for positive change by encouraging young people to consider how they can live their best lives.

Treat others how you want to be treated.

Stuart Lawrence

On 22 April 2019, it will be 26 years since the tragic murder of 17-year-old student, Stephen Lawrence. Stephen and his best friend Duwayne Brooks were waiting at a suburban bus stop in Eltham when they were victims of an unprovoked attack by a racist gang and Lawrence was stabbed to death. The enquiry into Stephen Lawrence's death has been riddled with cover-ups and scandal, revealing the inherent racism within the Metropolitan Police dealing with Stephen's case and their failure to investigate Stephen's murder.

In 2018, Prime Minister, Theresa May declared that from 2019 the 22nd April will be recognised as Stephen Lawrence Day.

To mark this incredibly important day, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has released a number of resources around the themes and issues of Stephen's case, and all three parts of the 2018 documentary, Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.

Where you are right now; this city, this country, this world is yours to discover and explore, go out and Live Your Best Life. Because tomorrow is not promised to anyone and life is short. The secret to life? TIME and LOVE.

Stuart Lawrence

Make sure to also check out the latest BBC Teaching Resources, which includes a powerful open letter to all teachers and students from Stuart Lawrence.

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