DOREEN LAWRENCE has campaigned for justice since the 1993 murder of her son Stephen.
Here we look at her activism and life after his death.
Who is Doreen Lawrence?
Doreen was born in Jamaica in 1952 and immigrated to England at the age of nine.
She trained in south-east London before becoming a bank clerk.
Her future husband Neville, who was born ten years earlier, also moved to the UK from Jamaica and initially worked as a craftsman and decorator.
The couple met when Doreen was just 17 and they married in 1972.
Together they had three children – Stephen, Stuart and Georgina.
The couple came into the public eye after their son Stephen was fatally stabbed at a south-east London bus stop in 1993.
Her relentless campaigning led to reforms in policing and drew world attention to the Met Police’s “institutional racism.”
The couple divorced in 1999, six years after their son’s death.
But at the time, Doreen said the divorce was “not a result of any pressure from my son’s death or the court cases that we have pursued over the past six years.”
When did Doreen Lawrence become a baroness?
Doreen Lawrence, now 70, was awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to community relations.
Her book And I Still Rise: Seeking Justice For Stephen was published in 2006 and chronicles her life after her son’s murder.
She was made a Baroness in 2013 and sits on the Labor Benches in the House of Lords as a working peer.
Doreen founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to promote a positive community legacy on her son’s behalf.
In April 2014, she was named Britain’s most influential woman in the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List 2014.
In January 2016 she was unveiled as the new Chancellor of De Montfort University, Leicester, serving until January 2020.
In April 2018, Doreen told the Daily Mail that unless they have new leads, the Met should drop their ongoing investigation into Stephen’s death.
And in August 2020, police investigating Lawrence’s murder said the case had entered an “inactive period” after exhausting all of their investigative lines.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “The investigation has now entered an ‘inactive’ phase but I have assured Stephen’s family that we will continue to look into any new information that comes to light.
“The investigation into Stephen’s murder will also be reviewed regularly for additional investigative opportunities that may arise, such as with advances in technology.”
Ahead of a new ITV drama chronicling Stephen’s story, Doreen suggested she doesn’t think she will live to see full justice for her son.
Speaking to the Mirror, she said: “I don’t think I’ll see full justice in my lifetime. Not the way things are.”
Lawrence heads a Labor racial equality task force that wants to ensure black-led groups are given a chance to access a fair share of the billions of pounds paid out by government contracts each year.
How many children does Doreen Lawrence have?
Doreen Lawrence has two other children – Stuart and Georgina.
Their second son, Stuart Lawrence, is the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence.
Unlike dad Neville, 76, who said he forgave the thugs who butchered his son to death, Stuart said he couldn’t bring himself to do the same.
Doreen’s daughter Georgina stayed out of the spotlight after Stephen’s death.
However, her mother Doreen has spoken out in the past about how it affected her.
Speaking to the Press Association, Ms Lawrence said of Stuart and Georgina, “Their lives have been impacted more than anyone on the outside would know.
“They do their best and like me they don’t really linger much but you know in their moments how depressing it is for them.
“They have their own families now. So, like all of us, they try to move forward and make the most of what they have. But those moments are always there, you can’t get rid of them.”
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