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0 August 24, 2000
Volume 31 Number 1
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Glide Memorial's Cecil Williams to Speak at Building Bridges Event

The Reverend Cecil Williams, pastor of Glide United Methodist Memorial Church in San Francisco and nationally known advocate for the poor, will be the featured speaker for the kick-off event of Building Bridges, CSU, Chico's year-long series of events designed to increase tolerance and respect on campus and within the Chico community.

The kick-off event will be Wednesday, August 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. The event is free and open to everyone.

The event will also feature the presentation of a bust of Harlen Adams, the former administrator and professor at CSU, Chico who helped found PFLAG, Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays. The sculpture will be permanently installed in the theatre named in honor of Adams. The Adams family will be present, and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Don Heinz will deliver remarks in tribute to Adams.

Reverend Williams has been head pastor at Glide Memorial since 1963, transforming the church into San Francisco's largest nonprofit provider of human services. The Glide Foundation has forty social service programs assisting people throughout the Bay Area, including 3,000 free hot meals served daily to those in need. Among Glide's programs are AIDS testing, crisis intervention, domestic violence programs, and job training.

The 9,000-member Glide Memorial congregation includes people from all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, classes, ages, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Along with his duties at Glide Memorial, Reverend Williams is an author, lecturer, and one of California's best known community leaders and spokespersons on tolerance. In 1988, President Clinton appointed Williams to the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets.

The goal of Building Bridges is to bring together our campus as well as reach out to other colleges and universities, K - 12 schools, the interfaith community, government, and business and social leaders -- to build bridges of support to reject intolerance, promote mutual respect, and celebrate our growing diversity. Other Building Bridges speakers include naturalist Diane Ackerman on September 19 and Southern Poverty Law Center founder Morris Dees on March 13.

Reverend Williams' address is being sponsored by A.S. Presents, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the Building Bridges program. -- JW

 

 

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