Today marks the 20th anniversary of black teenager Stephen Lawrence’s death. Stephen (18) was stabbed to death in an unprovoked racist attack in 1993 while he waited at a bus stop with friend Duwayne Brooks in Eltham, South East London.
After YEARS of fighting for justice Doreen and Neville Lawrence finally saw two of Stephen’s killers Gary Dobson and David Norris convicted of his murder in January 2012. But the fight still continues to secure the convictions of fellow gang members Neil Acourt, Jamie Acourt and Luke Knight who are still roaming the streets of London and living their lives.
Stephen’s best friend Duwayne Brooks who is now a councillor for Lewisham Borough spoke to Daybreak this morning about the 20th anniversary of Stephen’s death. CLICK HERE to watch.
I remember seeing black teenagers piling on to the 21 bus in Lewisham and going to Eltham to march in protest after Stephen’s murder. People were angry and emotions were running high. I often wonder if a tragedy like this were to happen in 2013 would there be that same passion and outrage coming from today’s black teenagers (especially young black males).
Rest In Peace Stephen Lawrence.