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And Still I Rise
And Still I Rise | Doreen Lawrence
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'This book for me is a warning as well as a reminder. May you never experience what I have experienced.' In April 1993, Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a group of young white men on a street in south-east London. From the first police investigation onwards, the case was badly mishandled. In the end, long after the case against the five suspects had been dropped, the government had to give in to mounting pressure and hold a public inquiry, which became the most explosive in British legal history. These facts leave the reader unprepared for Doreen Lawrence's own story of her son's murder. In this raw, honest book, she writes frankly about her childhood, about her struggle for a decent life for herself and her children and her hopes for her bright, motivated son. Her account of the murder and the botched and insensitive investigation by the Metropolitan Police is deeply moving. She recreates the pain, frustration and bafflement she experienced as she realised that there might never be a moment when she could say to herself that justice had been done. A cold case review led to the discovery of DNA evidence in 2009. In November 2011, two of the alleged members of the gang that killed Stephen were finally brought to trial at the Old Bailey. A guilty verdict was pronounced on 3 January 2012. 'To be put alongside Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom or the works of Maya Angelou.' Andrew Billen, The Times
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And Still I Rise | Doreen Lawrence
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#ifoughtthelaw #anglophileapril
The law, the police, the establishment and the government - to try and get justice for her son.
A harrowing and sad read 💔

Cinfhen I remember hearing about this case from you & @arlenefinnigan - I thought I had previously stacked the book 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Mdargusch Sounds like a powerful book! 6mo
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Weaponxgirl I watched the bbc documentary about this last year and I was so angry and upset by the end. I didn‘t know there was a book too and will try to read this when I‘m in the right headspace for it. 6mo
Reviewsbylola So heartbreaking. 😞😞😞 6mo
TrishB @Weaponxgirl it makes you very angry and sad ☹️ 6mo
TrishB @Reviewsbylola definitely 💔 6mo
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And this is why I don‘t read ‘sad‘ NF! Because I can‘t pretend it‘s not real and I‘m sad and mad. The terrible story of Stephen Lawrence‘s murder and the pathetic investigation and the treatment of his family afterwards.
Many parallels with the Hillsborough families fight for justice, ordinary people that don‘t give up against the establishment.
I really admire Doreen Lawrence but wish I didn‘t have to.

readingjedi 😢 7mo
charl08 Wow. Hard hitting stuff. 7mo
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Cathythoughts Truly heartbreaking .. well done for reading it ... 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m upset just reading the blurb 💔 7mo
TrishB @charl08 it definitely was 😢 7mo
TrishB @eraderneely I remember it happening 😢 7mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts so sad 💔 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen definitely 💔 7mo
arlenefinnigan Today's been very difficult, hasn't it. Fighting the establishment for justice is not a pleasant journey x 7mo
TrishB @arlenefinnigan a heart breaking one 💔 so maddening. 7mo
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