National Stephen Lawrence Day on 22 April, celebrates the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in a racist attack at just 18 years old.
Watch our General Secretary’s message for Stephen Lawrence Day below:
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 every day 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, on the anniversary of Stephen’s death, to take a moment to consider how you can take an active role in building an inclusive society for all.
General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss CBE, was delighted to have an exclusive column for the Huffington Post published, which you can read here. The column outlined the importance of Stephen Lawrence Day and how the Coronavirus has highlighted how much the UK relies on Black and Minority Ethnic workers at this time.
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, or just posting online, tagging the following in your post: @communityunion, #stephenlawrenceday.
Community’s new guide on tackling racism and discrimination in the workplace:
Joint guidance on preventing workplace harassment and violence which has been agreed by the CBI, TUC, ACAS and the HSE.
For more information on the above or to get involved, email email@example.com