Stephen Lawrence: Stars Line Up For Concert
The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has said she wants her son to be remembered as a young man who had a future.
Doreen Lawrence was speaking at a concert at London's O2 Arena marking the twentieth anniversary of his death in southeast London.
Artists including Rita Ora, Beverley Knight and Jessie J were joined by Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran for Unity - A Concert For Stephen Lawrence.
Opening the event, television presenter and DJ Reggie Yates said: "Stephen's name represents a reason to fight and positive steps forward against racism in Britain.
"We are here to help raise awareness of and celebrate the amazing work of the Stephen Lawrence trust."
Doreen Lawrence, who accepted a peerage this year for her tireless campaign for justice for Stephen, said her son would be "smiling down" on the show.
"Stephen's story seems to resonate for so many people. He would have loved this because he really loved music," she said. "I would like Stephen to be remembered as a young man who had a future.
"He was well loved, and had he been given the chance to survive maybe he would have been the one to bridge the gap between black and white because he didn't distinguish between black or white. He saw people as people.
The concert was part of the SL20 Campaign which is celebrating Stephen's life with a series of awareness-raising events through the year.
Funds from the show will go to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which aims to create brighter futures for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Lawrence family were rocked by allegations in June that the Metropolitan Police spied on the Stephen Lawrence Campaign.
A former police officer who spent four years living undercover in protest groups claims he was asked to find "dirt" on the campaign shortly after Stephen's murder in April 1993.
The allegations are being investigated by Derbyshire's chief constable Mick Creedon.