On Saturday 22 April, it will be 30 years since the tragic murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence. We are encouraging the Trinity community to engage in the campaign to tackle racism in the UK.
Students and parents may remember making their individual commitments for change in order to create a more inclusive society on our Trinity Pledge Tree in Spring 2021 (above).
In addition, we were honoured to welcome Stephen’s brother, the Hon. Stuart Lawrence, to the school in Autumn 2021. He spoke to groups of students about how to develop anti-racism in school and what work he thinks is left to do to challenge problems of racism in the UK, specifically within the media and the Metropolitan Police.
This year’s theme is ‘Ordinary can be Extraordinary’ and the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation is asking people to take to social media or speak to others about making a pledge in Stephen’s name using the wording, “This Stephen Lawrence Day, I pledge to (insert pledge) to make sure the next 30 years look different from the last”. Their aim is to create a world in which individuals make small but significant pledges that will, in turn, bring about a collective societal change.
Mrs Beresford-Miller, Head of Religious Studies who organised the original Trinity Pledge Tree, says, “I would like to encourage members of the Trinity community to take up this challenge and make a pledge. We all have a role to play to help ensure that tragic events, such as Stephen’s murder, become aspects of history, not facts of our future. If any students, or other members of the Trinity community, would like to share their pledges with me, I would love to hear from them. My personal pledge is: ‘This Stephen Lawrence Day, I pledge to educate others on the power of small acts of kindness to make sure the next 30 years look different from the last’. What will yours be?”
If you’re interested in finding out more about Stephen’s story and the work carried out by the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, please visit the website here.
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