Artist: Stevie Wonder
Album: Hotter Than July (1980)
Song: Happy Birthday
Event : Nelson Mandela Day
At its release, the Happy Birthday song was campaigning for the establishment of a national holiday in memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King. In 1986, Stevie Wonder’s determination paid off when Ronald Reagan introduced into U.S. law the third monday of january as a holiday in memory of Martin Luther King.
Doreen Lawrence has had a memorable year. Her 2012 began with the conviction of two of her son’s killers in January. In the summer she led out the Olympic flag and the year ends with her making plans to mark the 20th anniversary of her son’s death. She talks to Hugh Muir about her efforts to keep the Stephen Lawrence trust going and to maintain pressure to convict the other men involved in his murder