Thursday, 3 May 2012

Sad death of Gerry German

It is with great sadness that I today heard of the unexpected sudden death of Gerry German at the age of 84. In a moving email Prof. Gus John said of Gerry's life and work:

"Gerry was a life-long campaigner for children's education rights and an unwavering supporter of all our struggles.  Having been a former headteacher and Principal Education Officer at the Community Relations Commission/Commission for Race Equality, he helped to establish the Working Group Against Racism in Children's Resources and 13 years ago invited me and a couple others to join him in setting up the Communities Empowerment Network (CEN).  Over those 13 years, CEN has dealt with an average of 1,000 school exclusion cases per year, providing advocacy to school students and their parents and representing them at School Governors Disciplinary Committees and at Independent Appeals Panels.  Each year, we have taken some deserving cases to Judicial Review and won most of them.  Gerry remained the main case worker for CEN and its unpaid Director until yesterday.  I am currently Chair of CEN for the second time, having been its Founding Chair.

On Monday 30 April, Gerry introduced and made the closing remarks at a session at Lambeth Town Hall:  The Power of Love  -  Spiritual Leader Dadi Janki (age 96) of the Brahma Kumaris in Conversation with Professor Gus John.

He was 84.

We give thanks for his extraordinary life and his giving and compassionate spirit.
Peace and Hope!"

Gerry was a tremendous champion and tireless worker for racial justice and human rights (particularly of children) and someone who inspired others to challenge as well - without fear or favour - but always with a degree of humour and a mischievous twinkle in the eye. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten. La luta continua!


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