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Glide Memorial Church Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 13, 2023
CONTACT: Megan Rohrer, 415-827-2587 mrohrer@glide.org

Glide Memorial Church Honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Protests Violence Against the Black Community

SAN FRANCISCO – Glide Memorial Church invites the community to join in a full weekend of marching, singing, worshipping, and celebrating in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. The weekend’s activities culminate in the annual San Francisco MLK March on January 16, started by Rev. Cecil Williams, at the request of Coretta Scott King.

“The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught the world about what faith in action looks like” said Marvin K. White, Glide Memorial Church’s Minister of Celebration. “Glide Memorial Church is honoring Dr. King’s legacy by singing, marching and celebrating the beloved community within black church tradition.”

In addition to the weekend events, Glide Church has partnered with the renowned NYC museum, Poster House, to reproduce and display historic posters that celebrate the history of civil disobedience in protest of violence against black individuals and communities. You can learn more about these historic signs at Poster House’s exhibit A Century of Posters Protesting Black Violence.
“Glide Memorial Church will be singing, marching and advocating for an end to black violence in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Minister White. “We celebrate the civil rights leaders who have led us down this stony road we trod. And we continue to advocate for needs of those living in the Tenderloin, in San Francisco and throughout our world.”

Events:
• Friday, January 13th, 6 pm at the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave)- The NORCAL MLK Foundation, and San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Freedom, Justice and Beloved Community: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Herbst Theater. Featuring the Glide Ensemble and Minister Marvin K. White. This event is Sold Out.
• Sunday, January 15th, 9 and 11am at Glide Memorial Church (330 Ellis St) – Glide Church’s annual MLK Celebration Sunday. The congregation and the Glide Ensemble will march with large protests signs highlighting the multiracial resistance to black violence. The service will be in person at 330 Ellis St and streamed live on the church’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
• Monday, January 16th, gather at 9am and march at 11am at the CalTrain Station (700 4th St) – Glide Memorial Church will march in the annual MLK march, hosted by the NORCAL MLK Foundation

About Glide Memorial Church:
In 1929, San Francisco Philanthropist Lizzie Glide purchased the property at 330 Ellis and funded both Glide Memorial Church and the GLIDE Foundation. In 1963 the Rev. Cecil Williams became the pastor of Glide Memorial church. With Janice Mirikitani, the church’s poet, they inspired political, economic and cultural changes at both the church, the Glide Foundation and in the community. Glide Memorial Church has more than 20 congregational life groups supporting diverse individuals and has a Celebration service every Sunday at 9 and 11am. Our world-famous Glide Ensemble’s faithful music inspires activist spirituality in our sanctuary, in the community, prisons, stadiums and on television. The music has bolstered our work with the Black Panthers and the United Farm Workers, been proclaimed alongside Gay Liberation and Marriage Equality, and sung out against Apartheid, domestic violence, economic and social injustice, poverty and hunger.

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