The Honorable Tracey L. Gordon has served as a pillar of change for Philadelphian’s for over 20 years. Her organizing and legislative successes as a block captain and committeewoman in her modest Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood have propelled her from the ranks of local grassroots leadership to an elected official in Philadelphia.
As the Register of Wills, Gordon has continued her selfless service to Philadelphia constituents by creating an outreach department and introducing probate fee payment reform. With the development of a Community Outreach Department, the complexities of the probate process are simplified through education. With successful campaign of virtual events (Plan, Prepare, Protect Tour), Gordon has been able to educate thousands about proper estate planning, and the other services her offices offer. In conjunction with the creation of this new department, Gordon created the Probate Deferment Initiative (PDI) . Recently launched, PDI, is an immediate solution to the financial hurdles that prohibit many Philadelphian’s from probating estates.
Tracey Gordon will talk about her discovery of the Wills of early African Americans available to researchers, which includes historical information on prominent Philadelphians such as William Still, James Forten among others.
Our programs are geared toward a general audience and are open to all, including Temple students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, and friends. Registration is encouraged.