Growing Up Black In Britain | Stuart Lawrence

Sat 20 Apr 2024 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Stuart Lawrence
Stuart Lawrence

What is it like to grow up Black or Black dual heritage in Britain? Stuart Lawrence, brother of Stephen Lawrence, talks to seven inspirational figures about their childhood experiences, as well as sharing insight into his own. Growing Up Black in Britain is a collection of courageous, thought-provoking, and ultimately hopeful pieces set to educate and inspire young people.  

Suitable for ages 10+

 

Venue: Palmerston Room at St Johns

Duration: 1 hour

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Author Biography

Stuart Lawrence is the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence, the young man who, on 22 April 1993, at the age of just 18, was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack. Stuart is an educator and motivational speaker, dedicated to helping to transform the life chances of young people. 

Stuart is determined to ensure that children today understand the impact of their actions against others and the importance of inclusion through teaching tolerance and celebrating difference. He has a background in education – working as a teacher for over 15 years – and is now a youth engagement specialist. Stuart is also a mentor for several young people in the South London area. Since his brother’s death, Stuart and his family have had a huge impact on the change of attitude towards racism within British society. Their story is still as impactful and important today.  

Stuart’s debut book, Silence is Not an Option, was released in 2021 to mass critical acclaim. 2023 marks the 30th year since Stephen Lawrence’s death.