THE mother of murdered Stephen Lawrence has teamed up with Sunderland businessmen to raise awareness of her son’s legacy.
Steven France and Dale Percival, who run Made for the Cage promotions, are staging a fashion show in aid of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and Show Racism The Red Card.
Stephen’s mother Doreen Lawrence will speak at the event in a bid to spread the anti-racism message.
Steven, who runs classes at Elite Boxing, in Southwick and The Dungeon, in Castletown, said: “The Stephen Lawrence case is the most prominent racially-motivated court case there has been and during the trial I wore a T-shirt to the gym with Stephen’s image and the word Justice above it.
“The kids at the gym began asking about it and it became a great platform to talk to the kids about the case and to educate them.”
Steven also helps to promote a group of young designers working under the umbrella brand of Machine Lad, who decided to make similar T-shirts.
Rather than make a profit from the shirts and the killing which inspired them, they decided to host a fashion show for anti-racism charities.
Models from I Am Models will don the T-shirts for the show which takes place at Tup Tup Palace in Newcastle, on August 2.
Steven said: “I used to play football for Barbados and have strong links to the game so we linked up with Show Racism the Red Card and it’s all snowballed from there.
“Tup Tup Palace has always been a nightclub that’s attracted a melting pot of cultures and it’s the ideal place to reach out to a young audience.”
He added: “Doreen has never been to the North East before and it’s a great honour to have her speak at the event.
“All too often the term ‘hero’ is used to describe people, but she is one of the real heroes. She has fought for 18 years for justice and is a real inspiration to me.
“It’s important that the North East get behind her as what she campaigns about affects us all.”
Ged Grebby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card said: “We are delighted Doreen Lawrence is visiting the North East.
“She is truly an inspiration to all of us in the field of anti-racism. I am hugely grateful to the businesses who have come together to organise A Night of Fashion. It is overwhelming the support they have offered.
“This is a clear reflection of the respect and admiration that Doreen holds.”
Tickets for the event are £10 and are available from www.srtrc.org and from City Travel on Tel. 549 1743 who are also offering free travel to the fashion show from Sunderland.