Prime Minister announces Stephen Lawrence Day to encourage and support young people
At the memorial service marking 25 years since Stephen’s death, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that 22nd April – the day he died –will in future be Stephen Lawrence Day.
Baroness Lawrence, who founded the Trust in order to give young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunities that were denied to Stephen, said ‘I feel honoured that she has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed.’
She continued ‘Stephen was denied his voice, but the Stephen Lawrence day will be an opportunity for young people to use their voices and should be embedded in our education and wider system, regardless of the government of the day.’
Speaking at the service, Mrs May said that the day will be a day to encourage and support young people in achieving their dreams, and to reflect on Stephen’s life, death and the positive change he has inspired.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Sonia Watson, said ‘This is an extremely exciting opportunity to bring young people together and give them a voice. It is a chance to engage them in shaping our society so that it is fairer to all and to give every young person, regardless of their background, hope and opportunity to follow their dreams. We look forward to working with the government to shape the first Stephen Lawrence Day in 2019.’
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