Who is Stephen Lawrence’s mum Doreen? – The SunJuly 16, 2020
STEPHEN Lawrence's mum Doreen has strived to expose racism in the Met Police after her son was murdered in 1993.
Since then she has become a baroness and has been awarded an OBE. Let's take a closer look at her life.
Who is Doreen Lawrence?
Doreen was born in Jamaica in 1952 and emigrated to England at the age of nine.
She completed her education in South East London, before becoming a bank worker.
Born ten years earlier, her future husband Neville also moved to Britain from Jamaica and worked initially as a handyman and decorator.
The couple met when Doreen was just 17, and they wed in 1972.
Together they had three children – Stephen, Stuart and Georgina.
The couple were propelled into the public eye after their son Stephen was fatally stabbed at a bus stop in South East London in 1993.
Their tireless campaigning led to reforms in policing and brought the world's gaze on to the "institutional racism" of the Met Police.
The couple divorced in 1999, six years after their son's death.
But at the time Doreen said the divorce "wasn't due to any pressure from the death of my son or the legal proceedings that we embarked upon in the last six years".
When did Doreen become a Baroness?
Doreen Lawrence, now 67, 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, detailing her life following her son's murder.
In 2013 she was appointed Baroness, and sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords as a working peer.
Doreen founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to promote a positive community legacy in her son's name.
In April 2014, she was named as 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 the Met should stop their continued investigation into Stephen's death if they don't have any fresh leads.
On July 16, 2020, ITV will air the original drama, The Murder Of Stephen Lawrence at 9pm.
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