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Doreen Lawrence OBE opens Centre for Research in Race and Education
18 March 2013
Taylor & Francis
On the 20th anniversary of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, his mother Doreen Lawrence, opened the brand new Centre for Research in Race and Education at the University of Birmingham. Doreen has fought for 20 years for justice for her son’s murder and campaigned against a series of flaws in the UK criminal justice system. The centre is a timely and welcome institution, as felon Gary Dobson just last week dropped his appeal against his conviction.
Speaking at the Centre launch, Lawrence praised the opening of the Centre, but said that there are ‘stark inequalities’ which still persist within society, and which must be addressed if we wish to create a fair and racially equal culture. She condemned the ‘old boy’s network’ which still exists in Britain today, and expressed her desire to see a society where a ‘network of male, wealthy and white [sic] no longer automatically leads across our professions and our parliament’ and insisted that ‘choice and equality must extend beyond the boundaries of class, gender and race.’
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is set to team up with the new Centre on a joint initiative in an effort to combine their enthusiasm and dedication towards eradicating racial inequality. The Centre aims to be the country’s foremost academic centre dedicated to the study of racism and race inequality in education, and one of its top aims is to pursue social justice by working improve the educational experiences and career outcomes of ethnic minorities.
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