In the week of the 20 year anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence, Doreen Lawrence joined Show Racism the Red Card to highlight the positive influence of professional football in challenging racism.
The 40th annual PFA Player of the Season awards took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night, and Show Racism the Red Card were delighted to be invited to attend the prestigious event.
Joining us on the evening was special guest Doreen Lawrence, just seven days after the anniversary of her son Stephen’s racist murder in London in 1993.
Stephen’s killing marked a watershed in the way in which racist incidents are reported, investigated and prosecuted, and Doreen has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to challenge racism within society in the UK, often using education as a means of breaking the cycle of intergenerational racism.
Doreen was joined by Show Racism the Red Card patrons, campaigners and supporters Ken Monkou, Gary Bennett, Dave Bennett, Paul Mortimer, Olivier Bernard, Trevor Benjamin, Luther Blissett and Steve Kabba.
In his speech to the audience, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle paid tribute to the anti-racism educational work carried out by both Show Racism the Red Card and Doreen Lawrence, who established The Stephen Lawrence Foundation following her son’s murder.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Doreen for joining us at the event, and for her hugely important work to continue to highlight the importance of education against racism. A big thank you also goes out to the PFA for their continued support, and to all of the players, ex professionals and coaches who continue to support the campaign and the work we do.