Gee Bernard Wiki

Gee Bernard Wiki

My grandmother, Gee Bernard, was the first black councillor in Croydon and the first black member of ILEA. She was born in Jamaica, migrated to London in the sixties, had an active political life, including setting up C.A.C.F.O - The Croydon Afro-Caribbean Family Organisation - and died in December 2016.

Like most members of my family, I had only the vaguest understanding of her political activities. Despite political differences in life, it turned out we were of a similar persuasion, and it is with some regret that we could not have been closer when she was alive. It is with that in mind that I have started working on her Wikipedia page, as a way of ensuring that her history is maintained.

She was part of a historic wave of Caribbean migrants whose political and cultural fervour changed this country forever. The importance of archiving that shift, and the tricky materiality of history, was brought into sharp relief when she died. This is a small tribute to her memory.

I am always looking for more information, so if you have any - or want to get in touch for any other reason, please do.