It has been reported that Lewisham councillor Duwayne Brooks has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire). Brooks has been recognised for his public and political service after serving as a Liberal Democrat councillor.
Brooks said, he is “delighted and humbled” to have received this award.
He then went on to say,
‘I want to do more to represent all Londoners of whatever background and not just black and ethnic minorities. This honour has given my aim a massive boost.’
In April 1993 Duwayne witnessed the murder of his best friend Stephen Lawrence, at the hands of a group of white youths chanting racist abuse. The friends had been standing waiting for a bus in Eltham, south east London.
When I think about what this country put that man through, and how the establishment set out to destroy and discredit him, it actually surprises me to read that he is accepting this award. I was expecting him to pull a Benjamin Zephaniah type move.
But it is a personal choice.
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