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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK
Musical tribute to Stephen Lawrence
Des'ree
Des'ree performing for the Lawrence Memorial Trust
Murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence was remembered on Sunday night at a tribute concert in north London.

Singers Mica Paris and Des'ree and boy band Damage were among those who performed at the Forum, Kentish Town, to raise money for the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Trust.

Mica Paris
Mica Paris paid tribute
Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old student and budding architect, was killed by a gang of white youths while he waited for a bus in Eltham, south east London, eight years ago.

The trust, set up by his parents Neville and Doreen, encourages young black people to pursue careers in design and architecture.

Funds raised are distributed in the UK, Jamaica and South Africa.

Boxer Julius Francis and footballers John Barnes and John Fashanu attended the concert.

Saxophonist Courtney Pine and comedians Felix Dexter and Richard Blackwood also appeared at the tribute.

'Caring'

Doreen Lawrence said: "Stephen loved music and this love of music could be heard all over the house.

"Most importantly Stephen was a caring person and would go out of his way to help others in need.

"It is fitting that in Stephen's name other young people all over Britain and in Jamaica and South Africa may be helped to achieve their goals in life."

She added: "His death has highlighted the evils of racism that so many people in our society have to live with day after day.

"I see the trust as a fitting tribute to our son."

Race debate

Stephen Lawrence
Stephen Lawrence, murdered in 1993
Prime Minister Tony Blair, Conservative leader William Hague and Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy all sent messages of support to the event.

But before the concert, Mrs Lawrence criticised the political debate about race, saying the current exchanges were "not constructive".

She criticised Foreign Secretary Robin Cook for raising the issue in a speech last week, in which said chicken tikka masala was Britain's new national dish.

Mrs Lawrence told the Sunday Telegraph: "I presume that the election probably has a lot to do with that.

"[Labour] want to show that they are the party who are helping race relations.

"To some extent, they are, but it's not always the right way to go about it."

See also:

25 Mar 99 | Stephen Lawrence
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