Social justice campaigner, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, has received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge in recognition of her tireless work in the areas of social justice and prison reform.

A Labour peer, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon was given an OBE in 2003 for services to community relations. Many of us know and revere her as the spirited mother of Stephen Lawrence, the young man who was tragically murdered in a 1993 racist attack on the streets of London. She later founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which works with disadvantaged young people.

Baroness Lawrence received her honorary degree alongside a number of other notable personalities in a ceremony at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 19 June 2019.


Doreen Lawrence
Baroness Doreen Lawrence
Image credit: Nick Saffell (Cambridge University)


Speaking about her latest honour, Baroness Lawrence said: “I am honoured to receive an honorary degree from Cambridge University. It is both wonderful and humbling to be respected and well thought of by Murray Edwards College,” Baroness Lawrence said. “I gratefully accept this honorary degree with pleasure and appreciation.”

Congratulations Baroness Lawrence.

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