Stormzy is in talks to perform at a concert in memory of Stephen Lawrence, after meeting Lawrence’s mother, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, at The Brit Awards, The Independent reports. With the 25th anniversary of her son’s death approaching, Lawrence is currently working with music execs at Universal with the view to hold multiple shows dedicated to Stephen Lawrence.
Speaking with The Mirror’s 3am, Baroness Lawrence explained that she met Stormzy at The Brits and he was willing to show his support. The 65-year old said:
“Stormzy spoke to me about getting involved. He’s amazing. We’d like to put on a few different concerts around London rather than one single memorial.”
Plans have appearently already been made for the gigs and Doreen is hoping some big names will feature at the events.
Stephen Lawrence was murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham on the evening of 22 April 1993. After an initial investigation, five suspects were arrested but not convicted. A public inquiry in 1998, however, concluded that the police investigation had been influenced by institutional racism, with the law being changed in 2005 to repeal the double jeopardy rule in murder cases, allowing a retrial upon new and compelling evidence.
Baroness Lawrence went on to set up The Stephen Lawrence Trust and has campaigned since her son’s death. But the former BeMOBO Award winner, who was also awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to community relations, has stated that this year will be her last year of campaigning.