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Feb-13-2020

“Malcolm X flows through me”

Reflections on an African American role model LeRon L. Barton has been an active GLIDE community member since 2014. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the GLIDE Racial Justice Team that grew out of the Ferguson Rally held at GLIDE. The Racial Justice team has interviewed African American youth about race issues with the

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Feb-02-2019

Love in Action: Reflecting on 50 years in community with Ernestine Nettles

On the first day of Black History Month, we are delighted to feature and honor Ernestine Nettles, who this Christmas celebrated 50 years of service—not only to GLIDE, but to her community in Oakland, the Civil Rights Movement, gender equality and voting rights. Ernestine is a beloved pillar of the holiday feasts GLIDE organizes for

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Feb-23-2018

Transformation Is Going to Happen

Isoke Femi on transformative learning and loving Blackness We recently sat down with Isoke Femi, GLIDE’s Maven of Transformative Learning with our Center for Social Justice, to talk about the inspiration and philosophy that ground her approach to group facilitation, and what gives her hope for the realization of a just, equitable and loving future. 

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Feb-28-2017

The African American Roots of Radical Inclusivity at GLIDE: A Conversation

In our concluding post in honor of Black History Month, we offer the following excerpts from a recent conversation with GLIDE’s Isoke Femi and James Lin about the African American roots of GLIDE’s ethos of radical inclusion. Isoke Femi: People who have studied African cosmology have recognized syncretism as a quality of the African consciousness,

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Feb-17-2017

Rosa Parks, Unbracketed

“At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this. It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” — Rosa Parks In retrospect, I realize that Rosa Parks was usually allocated a singular

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Feb-10-2017

Learning, healing, and fighting: The GLIDE Racial Justice Group

  Attending a GLIDE Racial Justice Group (GRJG) meeting is a dizzying and eye-opening experience. The group is comprised of men and women from all different races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Everyone’s life experiences may be different, but the glue of the organization is the commitment to fight racism and white supremacy.

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Feb-01-2017

Freed to Free

Freed for New Beginnings “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” —Harriet Tubman “And before I’d be a slave I’ll be buried in my grave; and go home to my Lord and be free.” —lyrics to “Oh, Freedom”

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Feb-11-2014

GLIDE Youth Choir Celebrates Black History Month

GLIDE’s Youth Choir commemorated Black History Month by singing the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at Sunday Celebration February 9. They were joined by youth from Lakeshore Alternative, who presented a step performance and a video talking about their wishes for the world. GLIDE Youth Choir Director Classy Martin, who also teaches

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Feb-08-2013

Getting into Character: GLIDE Kids Celebrate Black History Month

Classy Martin, GLIDE’s Children’s Choir Director, is working hard with GLIDE children as they prepare for their upcoming play on Sunday, February 24, celebrating Black History Month. Be sure to join us at the 9AM or 11AM Celebration! Classy shares a story of getting the actors ready for their performance: This little boy is working

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Mar-06-2012

Bringing the Past to the Future

by Paul Chilvers, Lead Teacher 3-5 Grade Black History Month (February) has taken many forms for me and the kids at FYCC over the years, but this year was my favorite. One of my favorite people in the world, Joyce Hayes, agreed to come in and chat with the children about her experience in the

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