Tomorrow, Friday 22 April marks Stephen Lawrence Day, 2022. It is of course an annual event where we remember the tragic, racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence, and celebrate his life and legacy.
A public inquiry into Stephen’s case in 1998 led to the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Report, dubbed ‘one of the most important moments in the modern history of criminal justice in Britain’.
Institutional racism was brought to light by Stephen’s death, and because of the tireless campaigning of his mother, now a Labour Peer, Doreen Lawrence.
Here in Brighton & Hove, Stephen Lawrence Day is an opportunity to redouble our commitments to becoming an anti-racist city.
Labour’s lead councillor on equalities issues, Cllr Amanda Grimshaw, said:
“Tomorrow is a chance for us all to reflect, on the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, how far as a society we’ve come almost 30 years later, and how much further we’ve got to go towards reaching equality.
“I’d urge residents to visit the Jubilee Library this weekend to see and take part in the #becauseofStephen exhibit.
“We must also do all we can to deliver on our pledge to become an anti-racist council, and an anti-racist city here in Brighton & Hove.”