For 60 years, the Reverend Cecil Williams has expanded the limits of spirituality, compassion and diversity as Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Williams is respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change and in the struggle for civil and human rights. His ministry underscores his roots in liberation theology.
Rev. Williams’ vision can be seen in Glide’s unique and powerful blend of spirituality, principled compassion, and cutting-edge programs for those most in need. Located in the heart of one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, social classes, ages, faiths, and sexual orientations join together at every Sunday Celebration to experience the energy of spiritual liberation coupled with the fusion of jazz, blues and gospel performed by the renowned Glide Ensemble choir and the Change Band.
This exhibit highlights some of the many aspects of Rev. Williams’ life, ministry and legacy.
- Black Liberation Theology
- Solidarity With the Poor
- Black Organizing and Advocacy
- Racial Justice Work and Coalition Building
- Law Enforcement Reform
- Grief Support
- Protests and Marches
- Addiction Recovery
- LGBTQ Community Support
- Honors and Awards
The Rev. Cecil Williams taught us to use our voice to radically welcome others. We continue to proclaim that radical welcome in all that we do! We celebrate the Rev. Cecil’s birthday throughout the month of September. If you would like to help us celebrate, please send a love offering in honor of his birthday. Your support helps us share unconditional love in the Tenderloin, in San Francisco and throughout the world. Contribute to our fundraiser in Honor of Cecil’s 94th Birthday here.
We are grateful to the following individuals, organizations and institutions who helped make this exhibit possible.
- This exhibit was curated by Dr. Megan Rohrer (he/him), Glide’s Senior Church Communications Specialist
- The GLBT Historical Society
- The ONE Archive at the USC Libraries
- The San Francisco History Center of the San Francisco Public Library
- The Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Libraries
- The Pacifica Radio Archives
- The UC San Francisco Library Archives and Special Collections
- Marilyn Kincaid
- Vicky Lee