In the annals of British history, the name Dr. Gee Walker MBE will forever be etched as a symbol of resilience, strength, and an unyielding commitment to promoting racial harmony. The tragic racially-motivated murder of her son, Anthony Walker, in 2005, could have been a moment that broke her spirit. Instead, she emerged as a tireless advocate for unity, peace, and understanding.
Dr. Walker is the esteemed Founder and Patron of the Anthony Walker Foundation, a charity born out of tragedy in 2006. Rather than allow her son’s untimely death to become just another grim statistic in the long history of racial violence, Dr. Walker harnessed her pain and, drawing from her deep Christian faith, she chose forgiveness over bitterness. The decision wasn’t an easy one, but it was pivotal. It not only facilitated her healing process but also inspired countless others.
The Anthony Walker Foundation stands as a testament to her indefatigable spirit. The organisation actively supports victims of racial hatred and is at the forefront of challenging all manifestations of racism through a diverse range of platforms, including education, sport, and the arts. The Foundation’s work resonates beyond the boundaries of Merseyside, reaching communities far and wide. In her words, “The Foundation’s work delivered here in Merseyside and much further afield is so important. Everyone associated with the Foundation is committed to making a difference, to challenge racial prejudice, discrimination, and inequality. Our aim is to promote peace, racial harmony, and integrity. This is what I believe my Anthony would have been focusing on, had he lived.”
Dr. Walker’s leadership has not gone unnoticed. A slew of accolades has been bestowed upon her, marking her indomitable contribution to society. Among these are the Prime Minister’s Point of Lights award in 2016, the Echo Outstanding Achievement Award in 2020, and The Pride of Britain Awards in 2021. The MBE she received is particularly notable, as it recognises her lifetime dedication to racial harmony, a mission she embarked upon in honour of Anthony.
The theme “Saluting our Sisters” holds a special place in her heart. She passionately states, “I am thankful that black women are being acknowledged and celebrated. Throughout history, black women have made monumental contributions, often without the spotlight they deserved. Many of their remarkable achievements have, unfortunately, been overshadowed, diminished, or altogether erased. It’s imperative that we not only recognise but also uplift the legacy of these trailblazing women. By doing so, we can inspire the next generation of young black women to break barriers and achieve the success they