source: The Guardian
published: 11 April 2018
Theresa May has announced an annual Stephen Lawrence Day to be held on the anniversary of the teenager’s murder.
The prime minister made the announcement at a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the hate crime that shocked Britain and led to the Metropolitan police being described as institutionally racist.
Stephen’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, welcomed the announcement. “I feel honoured [May] has recognised the changes that have been made in Stephen’s name and the changes that are still needed,” she said.
Stephen Lawrence Day would 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”, she added. The first Stephen Lawrence Day will be on 22 April 2019.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were among approximately 800 people who attended the service on Monday at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, central London.