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Lawrence murder anniversary

A memorial service will take place this afternoon to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered by a gang of racists in south-east London. David Cameron says his death "sparked monumental change" in Britain.

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Lawrence Trust calls for further action on racial equality

As well as campaigning for justice for her son, Doreen Lawrence set up the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in his memory, to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Stephen Lawrence died in a racist murder 20 years ago. Credit: Family Handout

Today, on the 20th anniversary of Stephen's death, the charity called for continued action to improve racial equality in Britain.

Chairman Symon Sentain said: "While there has been progress in the 20 years since Stephen's death, not enough has changed. Social justice remains the focus of the Trust and we will continue to campaign, ensuring the lessons from Stephen's murder are acted upon.

"Britain cannot afford to waste talent. We need to have an inclusive and diverse workforce and encourage young people to transform their lives, overcome disadvantage and begin ambitious careers as professionals."

The Trust has backed 100 young people to study to become architects, and is now supporting five young black law students on the road to becoming partners at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with the aim of running similar schemes in other industries in the future

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