Stephen Lawrence Day was established by the then Prime Minister Theresa May in 2019, on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death. It is a day dedicated to Stephen’s memory that also allows people to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. See below for more information on Stephen’s story, the goals of the foundation and why you should get involved.
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 everyday 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. Check out our head of equalities, Lauren Crowley’s blog on our partnership with the foundation.
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 to take a moment to consider how you can take an active role in building an inclusive society for all.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved on the day, depending on what you do.
Working in partnership with schools and professional associations, we have developed a range of age-appropriate materials which include a staff briefing, suggestions for assemblies and a suite of further resources which allow for different curriculum entry points. These materials are available on the website www.stephenlawrenceday.org and can be used flexibly to support the children and young people in your school to understand the part they play as individuals in creating a society in which everyone can flourish.
At the heart of Stephen’s legacy is a focus on building pupils’ confidence and skills relating to emotional intelligence, resilience, respect and care. Stephen’s Day should support children and young people to value difference, embrace diversity, behave responsibly and make positive choices to contribute as active, healthy, engaged citizens in multicultural Britain.
Click here to download a template email you can use to ask your school to get involved in Stephen Lawrence Day 2021.
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Stephen Lawrence Day Live Assembly – 22nd April 9am-10am
Join Ben Cajee, CBeebies presenter, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Hon Stuart Lawrence for a virtual school assembly focused on the themes of friendship, respect and difference. How do we make sure anti-racism work doesn’t end at the school gate? Why is it so important black history is included in the curriculum and taught in classrooms? How do we reach the young people of today? Hear from and question the experts and listen to a special address from Baroness Doreen Lawrence on why education is so close to her heart since the murder of Stephen Lawrence 28 years ago.
Hate crime webinar with Stuart Lawrence and Hardyal Dhinsa, PCC for Derbyshire – 23rd April 11am-1pm
Community is committed to tackling hate crimes and we have partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation to raise awareness of such abhorrent crime and to speak out against it. The webinar will be attended by members of Community and representatives from schools. This will include a 10 minute talk from Hardyal Dhindsa who will discuss his role as crime and police commissioner for Derbyshire and his commitment to tackling hate crime, and how education and early years links into this. Stuart Lawrence, brother of Stephen Lawrence will also be joining us to discuss his family’s role in decades of campaigning for justice, and draws on his experience as a former teacher.
The webinar will also provide an overview of the Stephen Lawrence case and cover the following topics:
Difficult conversations webinar, with Hope not Hate – Date and time TBC
This handbook aims to encourage and remind us of our duties to speak up and act against racism and discrimination. We have produced this guide to help our members and reps understand the law around discrimination, and provide advice on how to work in our own workplaces to tackle and prevent racism and racially motivated harassment.
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 about what you will be doing to support the foundation or tackle racial prejudice. Post online what activities you will be doing to support the foundation’s cause, tagging the following in your post: @communityunion, @sldayfdn and hashtagging it with #StephenLawrenceDay.
For more information on the above or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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