Eltham is where Stephen Lawrence was killed sixteen years ago . A few days ago I called the other man who was attacked alongside him that fatal day – Duwayne Brooks – and invited him to come see the whale at The Cutty Sark and he came. He said a national story surrounding the investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence would break this week.
Here’s a little known fact: The Macpherson report was commissioned due to the mistreatment of Duwayne Brooks in the police investigation into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Duwayne and Stephen were both attacked that night. He was the last to see Stephen Lawrence. Duwayne spent the intervening years, his entire adult life, as a model citizen of the community of London.
Duwayne Brooks deserves respect for retaining dignity and sanity throughout the abuse, and for the way he has managed his life thereafter. If you need a symbol of why equality is central to an harmonious society there’s no better than Stephen Lawrence. But if you want a role model it is Duwayne Brooks. Together in death and life they are formidable. Read Duwayne’s book Steve and Me which he wrote with Simon Hattenstone . And talking of books click here for Eltham Library blooms.