Stephen Lawrence was born on 13th September 1974 in South East London. His parents are Neville and Doreen Lawrence and he has two younger siblings, Stuart and Georgina.
As a young child, Stephen demonstrated an interest in art; he loved to draw and paint. Stephen was a keen learner; he was good at most subjects at school, but his best were art and maths.
As well as his interest in design, he was also an entrepreneur – at 16, he set up a small business with his best friend designing and selling T-shirts, caps, jackets and book covers of well known bands, rappers and political figures such as Malcolm X. He even worked as a film extra alongside actor Denzel Washington in the film For Queen and Country.
Stephen decided to use his skills in art design and maths to aim for a university place studying architecture. Following his GCSE exams, his family found him work experience with architect Arthur Timothy’s practice.
Tragically, at the age of 18 on 22nd April 1993, Stephen was murdered in an unprovoked racist
attack. He didn’t know his killers and his killers didn’t know him. To this date, only two of the five perpetrators have been put in prison for his murder.
In his memory and to inspire and help young people just like him, his family set up the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust . Since 2000, the Trust has helped many young people realise their ambitions to become architects by supporting them with bursaries and mentoring support. In 2008, the Stephen Lawrence Centre was opened in Deptford, South East London giving thousands more young people an opportunity to nurture and use their creativity.
For further information visit http://www.stephenlawrence.org.uk
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