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Two decades on, a concert for Stephen: Emeli Sande to perform alongside other high-profile acts2013 tribute concert will raise funds for charitable trust set up in the name of the murdered teenagerSoul singer will perform at O2 on April 18Other events include a memorial service, dinners and memorial lectures
08:36 GMT, 21 December 2012
Victim: The SL20 concert will take place on April 18 at London's O2 arena. It will raise funds for the charity set up in the name of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence
Award-winning soul singer Emeli Sande – who performed at the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies – will headline a star-studded concert to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
The SL20 Concert, which will feature a number of other high profile acts, is due to take place at London’s O2 arena on April 18 next year.
Four days later, exactly two decades after Stephen was murdered by a race hate gang, a memorial service will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London.
It is expected to be attended by senior politicians, police chiefs and religious figures.
Details of the concert and other fund-raising events for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust were revealed at a reception at the Houses of Parliament, attended by Stephen’s campaigning mother Doreen.
Other ‘SL20 Anniversary Events’ will include the Stephen Lawrence Legacy Ball next autumn and dinners hosted by the likes of Labour leader Ed Miliband and leading black actor Hugh Quarshie, as well as memorial lectures by Michael Mansfield QC and architect Daniel Libeskind.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust helps disadvantaged students into careers in architecture, the profession which Stephen dreamed of entering. Other aims include achieving justice for Stephen and improving the UK criminal justice system.
Mrs Lawrence said: ‘2013 is a significant milestone for me personally and for the Trust. It’s a time for reflection but also for looking ahead.’
Home Secretary Theresa May praised the Trust at the reception, saying: ‘It is important we allow it to carry on doing its work.’
Stephen, 18, was killed by a gang of white youths at a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London in April 1993. In January this year Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35, were the first people convicted over the killing.
The Mail’s 15-year campaign on the case was praised in the recent Leveson Report into press standards.
Emeli Sande has won numerous awards and was heard on a global scale at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics