Family and friends to memorialize Frankford activist Gloria Redd

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends of Glor­ia Redd will me­mori­al­ize her on Sunday, Oct. 13, dur­ing an 11 a.m. ser­vice at North­east Baptist Church.

Redd, a long­time Frank­ford act­iv­ist, died on Aug. 19 of lung can­cer. She was 69 and a long­time mem­ber of North­east Baptist Church.

On Aug. 11, dozens of her fam­ily mem­bers and friends paid trib­ute to her out­side her home at White­hall Apart­ments, a Phil­adelphia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity fa­cil­ity.

Redd was un­able to at­tend be­cause she was in the hos­pit­al.

There was plenty of food, and a disc jockey en­ter­tained the crowd. The court­yard was dec­or­ated with flowers and bal­loons. 

Redd was the long­time pres­id­ent of the ten­ant coun­cil and is cred­ited with main­tain­ing a com­puter lab and help­ing the area around her Foulk­rod Place home look tidy. 

In ad­di­tion, she was a long­time com­mit­tee­wo­man and chair­wo­man of the 23rd Ward Demo­crat­ic Com­mit­tee. 

A wid­ow, she had four sons, one daugh­ter, eight grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren. 

She also took a dozen or so young people in­to her home so they could get their lives straightened out.

Over the years, she vo­lun­teered to help provide lunches for needy chil­dren and de­liv­er vari­ous ser­vices and re­sources for res­id­ents of White­hall and the sur­round­ing Frank­ford com­munity. 

She was par­tic­u­larly act­ive dur­ing the hol­i­days, se­cur­ing tur­keys for Thanks­giv­ing and toys for Christ­mas.

State Rep. James Clay (D-179th dist.) vis­ited Redd in the hos­pit­al on Aug. 11 and later at­ten­ded her party, where he handed her chil­dren a cita­tion in her hon­or from the Pennsylvania House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives. ••

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