PRAISED: Doreen Lawrence
RACE CAMPAIGNER Doreen Lawrence has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education from the University of East London (UEL).
The mother of the murdered teenager Stephen, who was killed in a racist attack in Eltam 19-years ago, was commended for her 'tireless efforts to deliver sweeping reforms to the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice system in the face of great adversity'.
The co-founder of Stephen's namesake charity was also recognised for her work to help young people in education and careers.
Doreen said: “It is both a pleasure and an honour to receive this Doctorate of Education from the University of East London. This is recognition of all the work our trust has done in helping young people achieve their dreams and ambitions. We have already supported over 100 students – eight of whom who have gone on to successful careers in architecture.”
“However, we want to look at how we can support people in other professions, such as journalism and law. I would like to wish the UEL students here today good luck and I wish them the very best for the future," she added.
UEL Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick McGhee, said: “The University of East London is extremely proud to honour one of London’s most revered campaigners with this honorary award. As a university, we have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Centre, which has helped benefit the lives of many of our students here at UEL.”
“Doreen Lawrence’s tireless efforts to deliver sweeping reforms to the Metropolitan Police Service and criminal justice system in the face of great adversity - and in the wake of her own personal grief - are a shining example to us all.”