who first came to public attention in 1993 as the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager who was murdered in what appeared to be a racial attack in South East London.
|BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY|
Lawrence was born in the Britain crown colony of Jamaica in 1952. At the age of nine, she emigrated to England. She completed her education in south-east London, before becoming a bank worker. In 1972, she married Neville Lawrence; their son Stephen was born in 1974. They divorced in 1999.
She founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to promote a positive community legacy in her son's name. Lawrence has been selected to sit on panels within the Home Office and the Police Service, and she is a member of both the board and the council of the human rights organisation, as well as being a patron of hate crime charity Stop Hate UK.