Stephen Lawrence Day was first celebrated in 2019, and takes place annually on 22 April. The date marks the anniversary of Stephen’s death in 1993. The day is marked officially in the British calendar to celebrate Stephen’s life and legacy.
Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. It is an opportunity for children and young people to have their voices heard, make the changes they’d like to see and create a society that treats everyone with fairness and respect.
For us in NCL CCG, the legacy of Stephen Lawrence gives us the impetus to work collaboratively to tackle discrimination and inequalities. We are determined to use our experiences and organisational levers to continue building on our work around racism and bigotry and making progress.
The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation was established to inspire a more equal, inclusive society and create opportunities for marginalised young people in the UK.
Stephen Lawrence Day aims for a society where young people feel inspired about what they can achieve in their own lives whether in the classroom, in their community or in a career. The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation wants young people to be involved in creating the kind of community they want to live in and to have a strong voice in building a fairer and more inclusive society.
Baroness Doreen Lawrence, the founder of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, said of the work and mission of the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation:
“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.”
-Baroness Lawrence, 2020
Getting involved in Stephen Lawrence Day is a chance to be part of a national conversation and show your commitment to creating a fairer society in which everyone has the opportunity to live their best life. This year, in particular, it is a chance to show how small changes and simple things that we can all do can make a huge difference. There are various ways for members of staff to get involved with Stephen Lawrence Day this year. Find out how you can get involved, from sharing a positive message about Stephen Lawrence Day on social media to writing and performing spoken word poetry about Stephen’s life, find out how you can get involved here.
For more information, visit the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation website.