Ann remembers clearly hearing Doreen Lawrence speak at the Greenbelt Festival. It would have been shortly after Stephen’s murder. An ordinary lady, with a powerful dignity. And the impression of her story, of her reality opened up, remains.
The BBC did a great job telling the story today – Philippa Thomas was amazing. Reading a phone, reading the autocue, signing a clipboard regularly (what was that about?) and conveying clearly what was happening in court while she was stood outside. Seamlessly. Left-handed, did you notice?
And we have seen the bigger story unfolding as guilt has been named and declared.
An insight into the lives of the accused, now convicted.
An insight into a complacent, indifferent, incompetent group of policemen, made, alongside the nation, to recognise the dignity of the Lawrence’s, their innocence, and so set in train a process of repentance and transformation, of which today has been a hoped for, but unexpected, result.
Stubborn grace has moved mountains.