January 15th, GLIDE played a pivotal role in the annual MLK, Jr Day March, one that has long stood for change, carrying the weight of the historical legacy that came before it and forging a new path forward. In coordination with numerous organizations, we initiated this march from the Cal Train Station, leading a path across the 3rd Street bridge and through Mission Bay onto Yerba Buena Gardens. The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation organized this event to pay homage to the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this remarkable day, our march bore the mark of new leadership and resonated with powerful moments that echoed Dr. King’s timeless message of love, Freedom, and justice for all.
For years, GLIDE has been an integral part of commemorating Dr. King’s vision, consistently advocating for equality and justice. This year’s march took on added significance as our new leader, Dr. Gina Fromer, the President and CEO, stood at the forefront of the procession. Alongside Dr. Fromer were GLIDE Minister Marvin K. White, Senator Scott Weiner, San Francisco Police Chief Scott, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed, forming a powerful group of leaders committed to upholding the values Dr. King championed. Behind them was a vast and diverse crowd of thousands of people, encompassing different ethnicities, genders, and ages, symbolizing our community’s rich tapestry of unity and purpose.
As the marchers crossed the Third Street Bridge, a historic moment unfolded. This bridge is a powerful symbol, harkening back to 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a march through Selma. Dr. Gina Fromer addressed the crowd through a loudspeaker, asking, “What do we want?” The response from the marchers was loud and reassuring: “Justice.” The crowd held their signs high, their voices united in chanting and songs of Freedom.
The march culminated at Yerba Buena Gardens, a place of celebration and reflection. Dancing, singing, and a captivating performance by our GLIDE Ensemble, led by Vernon Bush, the Church Musical Director, filled the atmosphere with hope and inspiration. Minister Marvin K. White delivered a heartfelt speech, echoing the words of Dr. King: “Power in itself is love implementing the demands of Justice.” It was a poignant reminder of the enduring relevance of Dr. King’s message.
Our participation in this march was a testament to our unwavering commitment to justice, unity, and equality. As we look to the future, GLIDE remains resolute in carrying Dr. King’s legacy forward. We will continue to be a beacon of acceptance, providing essential services and programs that embrace people from all walks of life. Our goal is to build a more just and equitable society where the spirit of Dr. King’s dream lives on, not just in words but in our everyday actions and in the lives we touch. Through our ongoing efforts and the dedication of our enthusiastic community, we are determined to create a better, more inclusive world for all.