The Hon Dr Stuart Lawrence
Stuart Lawrence, younger brother of Stephen Lawrence is a teacher, orator, author and consultant: all for a single purpose, to give young people and adults alike the mindset and skills to achieve their potential, irrespective of background, and in turn become the voices that change society. "I want the people of today to understand that it's all down to them - what they do with their lives, how hard they work, what they achieve - and that they have the ability to achieve all their hopes and goals.”
Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a young black man from Woolwich, South-East London, who was murdered in a racially motivated attack whilst waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on the evening of 22nd April 1993. His family’s tireless campaign for justice led to cultural shifts and changes in attitudes towards racism within British society, the law and the Metropolitan Police. This fight and their story are still as impactful and important today as it was in the 90’s, whilst the fight for justice and change continues.
After Stephen’s death, Stuart stayed in education and followed a creative path which focused on graphic design, taking a keen interest in typographical design. Upon completing a course at the London College of Printing, he attended Northampton University to read Graphic Communication. Stuart worked with the Home Office and HMP Belmarsh before going on to become a teacher, in which his teaching career spanned over 20 years, working with a secondary school based in South-West London. Stuart recently left this role to take on developing change within the education system and our society as a whole. Whilst working with these particular establishments which are in place in order to help aid change, rehabilitation and impart knowledge to our young people, Stuart has also been part of local communities for the last 20 years as a dedicated Football Coach, coaching young people at least twice a week.
Stuart has worked with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to help promote Stephen Lawrence Day (22nd April) and currently works as a motivational speaker. His Mother, Doreen Lawrence was elevated to the peerage as Baroness on 6th September 2013 and is formally known as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica. The honour is rare for being designated after a location in a Commonwealth realm outside the
United Kingdom, and due to her not being married the rights that would be bestowed on her husband pass on to her son, Stuart, thus making his full title ‘ The Honourable Stuart Andrew Lawrence’. Alongside and in honour of this he has now decided to dedicate himself full time to fighting the cause, named ‘ This is not My Son’s Fight’ to ensure that the young people of today have an idea about the consequences of their actions against others and importance
of inclusion through preaching tolerance and celebrating difference.
Over the last few years Stuart has spent all of his time working with schools, presenting assemblies, working with youth groups/youth centres and sharing his story, experiences and presenting messages of hope & tolerance. His main goal is to equip young people with the mindset to believe and achieve what they want in life no matter the challenges many of them will unfortunately face due to social and economic disadvantages, ethnicity, religion,
childhood trauma and so on. Through knowledge, self-worth, determination and unity Stuart believes our young people of today have the power to push for change within our society and make change.
"We want them to understand that it's all down to them - what they do with their lives, how hard they work, what they achieve - and we hope that because of Stephen they can achieve all their hopes and goals.
As well as working in youth work and engagement, Stuart has now published his first book in April 2021 , ‘Silence Is Not An Option’, and is working with organizations/broadcasters to help them focus on areas of racism , internally and externally within our society. He has been a part of various panels, podcasts, 1 to 1 interview’s across ITV, The Sun, BBC London and Good Morning Britain to name a few.
Stuart has been involved in hosting and presenting with Sky News as well as the GQ Podcast - A Conversation In Time series.
MBCC Awards 2021 - Special Recognition Award
In 2021, Stuart was nominated by the Multicultural Business & Community Champion Awards and received the prestigious Special Recognition Award for to recognise and celebrate Stuart Lawrence’s work in the field of equality, author of Silence Is Not An Option, and all the important work he does with the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation with the prestigious MBCC Special Recognition Award. I have personally observed the amazing work Stuart has been doing, particularly over the last 18 months and the impact it has had on the nation.
Honorary doctorate by Greenwich University In 2023 Stuart was awarded an Honorary doctorate by Greenwich University for his efforts over recent times.
Stephen Lawrence Trust / Blue Print for All and Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation
Stuart was also previously a Trustee at the Stephen Lawrence Trust – now known as Blueprint For All, for many years.
In 2021 project managed Stephen Lawrence Day 2021 at the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation (the only official charity in Stephen Lawrence’s name) which was setup in 2020 by Baroness Lawrence OBE.