UK Black Pride to fundraise for Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
UK Black Pride – Europe’s largest community-led, not-for-profit support group for African, Asian and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – is encouraging the entire community to get behind the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
Stephen Lawrence was an 18-year-old Black student who was brutally murdered by racists in 1993. His vicious murder took place in Eltham, South East London, near the headquarters of the racist British National Party.
On 22 April 2013, the twentieth anniversary of Stephen’s murder, UK Black Pride was honoured to join leading figures within the Black and wider anti-racist community to remember Stephen – a much loved son, friend and aspiring architect – as well as reflecting on the long struggle for justice against institutional racism by his parents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence. To learn more about the Lawrence family’s struggle for justice, please read The Guardian’s latest interview with Doreen Lawrence alongside their selection of articles and features: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/lawrence
UK Black Pride is encouraging all friends and supporters to make a donation – no matter what amount – to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust by texting: ‘SLCT18’ followed by either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the number: 70070. UK Black Pride is also proud to have selected the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust as one of the community organisations to benefit from its fundraising when UK Black Pride holds it’s free-entry but ticketed main event, as part of London Pride, in Golden Square on Saturday 29 June 2013.
UK Black Pride is one of Europe’s most successful grassroots-led movements of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It has shown that putting people and politics at the heart of celebrating pride in our LGBT community’s progress is the most effective way to pursue the fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all bigotry.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride’s founder and Executive Director, said: “The issue of racism continues to blight the lives of Black and LGBT people daily. This government must change its course from trying to erode key sections of the Equality Act, including the general equality duty which ensures all people have an equal opportunity to exist free from discrimination. Heroic figures for equality, like Doreen Lawrence and the trade unions, understand these issues all too well and that is why UK Black Pride continues to demand strong legislation against all racism.”