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  • Jamaican, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, has been made a Freewoman of Lewisham, one of only 11 persons to have ever been honoured in this way.
  • Baroness Lawrence, from Clarendon, is the mother of the murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, who was killed at a bus stop by a racist gang 21 years ago.
  • She joins the list, which includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

Jamaican, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, has been made a Freewoman of Lewisham, one of only 11 persons to have ever been honoured in this way by the London borough.

Baroness Lawrence, from Clarendon, is the mother of the murdered teen Stephen Lawrence, who was killed at a bus stop by a racist gang 21 years ago.

She was given the ceremonial title on March 14 by the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, and joins the list, which includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Her Excellency Aloun N’dombet Assamba, was a guest at the ceremony. She read a special message to Baroness Lawrence from the Acting Custos of Clarendon, Mr. Stanhope Porteous.

The message said that Jamaicans across the Diaspora and Clarendonians in particular, are elated to be associated with the events occasioned by the perseverance and tenacity of Baroness Lawrence, a true heroine of rights and justice and of worthwhile community service.

“The strength and character of Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon will make a difference and will serve as a prototype as to how human beings throughout the world should live in a diverse society, because it is only through the examples that she has displayed, will people be able to live in peace and harmony and with respect for each other,” the message said.

“Baroness Lawrence never allowed grief to despair her nor did she succumb to the emotions of anger and recriminations, but instead fought relentlessly to improve human rights to bring an end to racial discrimination and to seek justice wherever it is to be found. We in Jamaica hail her, we congratulate her and we are exceedingly proud of her. May she continue to make a difference and to effect change for the benefit of all,” the acting Custos said.