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Lee Lawrence: ‘I saw my mum on the floor, gun pointed to her’

When he was 11, Lee's mother was left paralysed after being shot by police. Today, he opens up about the barriers to justice he's had to overcome.

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Lee Lawrence is a social entrepreneur who works to help marginalised people find their voice, manage conflict and achieve justice.

At the age of 11, Lee witnessed police shoot his mother Dorothy ‘Cherry’ Groce, sparking the 1985 Brixton uprising, and leaving Cherry with physical injuries and disabilities which eventually lead to her death in 2011. After his mother’s passing, Lee dedicated his time to pursuing justice. In 2014, an inquest began into his mother’s death, and eventually Lee and his family received a full public apology and accountability by the Metropolitan Police.

The Louder I Will Sing is Lee’s powerful memoir about growing up in Britain as a young Black man.

René Carayol discusses Lee’s journey and the barriers he has faced to receiving justice.

For more information, please visit Lee’s website.

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