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Jamaican-born community activist to launch her autobiography

MEMOIR: Celebrated community figure Gloria Cameron

A CELEBRATED community figure will be launching her autobiography this evening (Nov 24) in London.

It would be no exaggeration to say that Gloria Cameron’s life so far has been an emotional, rewarding and challenging rollercoaster ride.

Her new book, Case Dismissed! An Ordinary Jamaican Woman; An Extraordinary Life closely observes her early childhood in Jamaica, her journey of discovery in the UK and resilience to bounce back from a damaging false accusation which nearly undone a hard-earned reputation. She also eloquently paints an historical picture of a unique Caribbean journey.

The launch adds a fresh new chapter to the 83-year-old's life story, which saw her become a Justice of the Peace in the 1970s and achieve local and national recognition in the 1980’s.

During that decade, she made numerous TV appearances, received an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 1980, met Princess Diana, Princess of Wales who officially launched her Brixton-based nursery in 1983 and received a Medal of Appreciation for community development from Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga in 1987.

Cameron still found time for husband Herbert and to raise six children.


BOOK LAUNCH: The book will be launched tonight in London

Unfortunately, many years later the Cameron family were to face their biggest challenge - which is well-documented in the book. Throughout her career, Cameron was devoted to the local and wider community contributing in a voluntary capacity to The Society of West End Theatres, the Laurence Olivier Awards Panel, HM Rochester Youth Borstal and The West Lambeth Area Health Authority.

She equally was passionate about supporting children which led to her fostering and also establishing a nursery in Lambeth. Unfortunately, it was the latter which was to prove the most damaging, with accusations hanging over her for nearly two years. Although the case was without foundation and collapsed within two-days, the nightmare took its toll on Cameron. She sees the book as an opportunity to set the record straight.

Cameron said: “This was a book I had to write because I felt compelled to give people an insight into how false accusations not only challenge your very existence, but have an enormous impact on family and friends.

"I was also conscious that my life story can contribute to preserving our visual and oral history for the next generation. I really hope my story resonates with people everywhere and inspires them to pursue their passion and to become successful individuals."

Case Dismissed! An Ordinary Jamaican Woman; An Extraordinary Life by Gloria Cameron will be launched at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road London SW3 5EE. For more information, visit: www.gloriacameron.co.uk

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