Nottingham City Council is working with partners to host a range of activities in the city to mark Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday 22nd April.

The national day celebrates the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was killed in London 26 years ago in a racist attack aged just 18.

As part of the commemorations the council’s Community Engagement Equalities Team are working in partnership with Stella Vision, Communities Inc, The New Art Exchange and Nottinghamshire Police to host a range of activities in the city.

A  book of reflections will be opened in the foyer of the Council House for individuals, organisations and communities to contribute their thoughts on how to create the kind of society they want to live and work in. These will be sent to the Lawrence family on behalf of the citizens of Nottingham.

A range of activity will take place at the New Art Exchange, 12–5pm, including spoken word, beatboxing, and graffiti art for 12–18 year-olds, and a café conversation from 3.30pm open to all ages. Light refreshments will be provided.

City Council Equalities Project Officer Rosey Donovan said: “Stephen Lawrence Day is about the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. It’s an opportunity for children and young people to have their voices heard, make the changes they would like to see and create a society that treats everyone with fairness and respect.

“Through Stephen Lawrence Day, we want young people to be inspired about what they can achieve in their own lives and to have a strong voice in building a fairer and more inclusive city.

“Our aim is to remember the dark days of Stephen’s passing and celebrate the legacy that his family continues through the Stephen Lawrence Trust.”