December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has been remembered 20 years on from his death with a star-studded concert at the O2 this evening.
Rita Ora, Beverley Knight and Jessie J led festivities, which Doreen Lawrence said her son would be “smiling down” on.
“He would have loved this because he really loved music,” she said.
“I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future.
Ms Lawrence, who accepted a peerage this year for her years of tireless campaigning for justice over her son’s murder, added: “He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn’t distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people.”
Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran also performed at Unity – A Concert for Stephen Lawrence, 20 years after the 18-year-old was killed in a racist attack as he waited for a bus in Eltham.
Tonight’s concert was designed to unite communities, draw people of all backgrounds together through music, and saw artists select tracks chosen for their social message.
Funds from the show will go to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust which aims to create brighter futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.