Photos | Reverend Cecil Williams’ 60th Anniversary celebrated at GLIDE Holiday Jam

Event: GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam
Date: November 9, 2023
Location: The Masonic, San Francisco
Photos (34): Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography

GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Keep On, a live benefit concert took place on Thursday, November 9, at The Masonic in San Francisco. The GLIDE Holiday Jam celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Reverend Cecil Williams’ arrival to GLIDE with an all-star gathering. The evening also celebrated GLIDE’s brand-new CEO, Dr. Gina Fromer. In attendance were supporters of GLIDES and changemakers like SF Mayor London Breed, activist Honey Mahogany, and many more.  

Illustrious songwriter and performer Valerie Simpson led the celebration. Alongside the nationally renowned GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band lead by Vernon Bush and Zoe Ellis, Simpson, and special guests blues guitarist, producer, composer, and philanthropist D’Wayne Wiggins (from Tony! Toni! Toné!); prolific R&B and soulful visionary Goapele; and captivating soul singer Martin Luther McCoy shared meaningful tributes to Cecil featuring the legendary music of Ashford & Simpson. KQED’s Priya David Clemens was the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.

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