Stephen Lawrence Day 2021 - More Timely than Ever

20 Apr 2021

6 mins
Stephen Lawrence Day 2021 - More Timely than Ever

For a number of years now, we have focused on the case of Stephen Lawrence - a tragic but incredibly important story in the history of racism and policing in the UK. We first did so at the 2018 Into Film Festival, where a number of central figures came together to discuss the BBC documentary, Stephen: The Murder that Changed a Nation.

Following the official beginning of Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019, we have continued to update our 'Marking Stephen Lawrence Day' article with crucial resources from the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and the BBC, as well as an interview with teacher and brother of Stephen, Stuart Lawrence.

For this year's Stephen Lawrence Day (22 April), the central campaign, 'Never Forget Stephen Lawrence' brings together over 70 figures from the worlds of music, film, television, sport, politics and fashion in a three minute short film (you can watch the sixty second version at the top of the article). They lent their time and voices to support the work of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and to help shine a spotlight on the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence. Some of the contributors include Idris Elba OBE, MP David Lammy, Sir Lewis Hamilton and Sir Keir Starmer.

In 'Never Forget Stephen Lawrence' the contributors are filmed reciting the powerful poem narrated by Max Cyrus. Cyrus' idea for the newly edited film was to bring together the people he felt Stephen would have watched, listened to and been inspired by, had he been alive today, alongside figures who help to promote diversity and inclusion within British society and who have been key champions throughout the family's 28-year fight for justice.

Baroness Doreen Lawrence, founder of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation said; "The events of 2020: - George Floyd's death, and the subsequent resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, along with societal inequalities exposed and exacerbated by COVID has made us reflect on how we engage with our communities. This brought a sharp focus on what I want to be achieved in Stephen's name. I want Stephen Lawrence Day to be a reflective learning experience, and a celebration and a journey toward greater equality and inclusion for all."

The film is part of a programme of events organised by the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, which on the day itself will include morning Assemblies with Ambassador schools; a series of webinars with partners such as Community Union and a Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation Exhibition that will be displayed throughout Brixton Village as the only physical representation for the day. There are also some planned announcements for several significant partnerships for the Foundation and its initiatives.

Find out more about how to get involved on the Stephen Lawrence Day website - the Classroom area is particularly useful and it includes sections for school leaders, every single age group/key stage and a final one on social actions.

For additional film guides, film lists, resources and articles around this topic and related ones, check out our Black Lives Matter theme page below.

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