Stephen Lawrence was a teenager when he was murdered in a racially motivated unprovoked attack on 22nd April 1993.  In 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that from 2019, April 22 would officially be recognised as Stephen Lawrence Day. The day is marked officially in the British calendar as a celebration of Stephen’s life and legacy.  This year 2024 would have been Stephen's 50th birthday.

The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation oversees this commemorative day, and has worked tirelessly over the years in classrooms and communities helping to break down racist barriers, build a fairer, more inclusive society, and has fought to give marginalised young people access to good careers and education.

Stephen Lawrence Day allows us to think about our communities to celebrate the things that work well and reflect on what needs to improve and how we can help drive those changes. This is an opportunity for people, communities, and organisations to come together and honour Stephen’s life and legacy, stand up against discrimination in our daily lives, and work towards a more hopeful tomorrow. Through reflection, learning, and action, we can inspire change and create a better future for the next generation.

This year as part of our contribution to commemorate this day, the University’s Report and Support Service are coming together alongside Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) and will be providing a stall to raise awareness of hate crime, harassment and discrimination. As well as various reporting options in the Dreadnought building, Greenwich Campus on Wednesday 24th April, 11am to 2pm.

Greenwich Inclusion Project (GrIP) is a charity established in 2012, that aims to make the borough a fairer place to live, work, and study by working toward race and religious equality. They provide various services including support for  people that have experienced hate-crime.

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed any form of racial hate crime or any other form of harassment, including bullying, discrimination, hate incident, or sexual misconduct, you can report it anonymously or ask to speak to a trained advisor to get information on reporting options and support available so that you can make an informed decision on what happens next by clicking here Report + Support - University of Greenwich.


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