Who Was Stephen Lawrence?


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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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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