Doreen Lawrence grew up with her grandmother in the Clarendon parish of Jamaica. At age nine Doreen travelled to England, joining her mother in Brockley, South London.
Later in life Lawrence decided to go to university where she pursued a BA Honours in Humanities. While studying for her undergraduate degree Doreen’s son Stephen was tragically murdered, an incident that changed the course of Lawrence’s life and led her to becoming an important figure in the British Civil Rights movement.
Lawrence’s role in campaigning for justice contributed to the creation of the Macpherson Report, an inquiry that prompted necessary reforms of the UK police service. In 1998 the Lawrence family established the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. During her time as Director, Lawrence established an official Stephen Lawrence day and through various outreach programmes has supported over one thousand young people in reaching their true potential.
In 2003 Doreen Lawrence was awarded an OBE for her advocacy and in 2013 she was invited to become a life peer in the House of Lords where she aims to be the voice for the marginalised.