GLIDE: Walk That Walk

Michael Franti joined an all-star lineup at GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam: Walk That Walk at The Masonic in San Francisco on November 30th. Sheila E, Goapele, Paula West, Tom Johnston, John Cowan, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, all performed in honor of GLIDE co-founders Janice Mirikitani and Reverend Cecil Williams. At the same time, they helped raise over $2 million for GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program and other vital services provided by GLIDE.

Scenes from GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam: Walk That Walk:

Photos by Alain McLaughlin

A phrase that Reverend Cecil Williams coined in the mid-1960s, “Walk That Walk” is meant to inspire action—not just talk—in seeking justice and unconditional love for everyone struggling with hunger, homelessness and disenfranchisement. GLIDE’s Holiday Jam: Walk That Walk also celebrated and reflected on the more than 50 years of extraordinary leadership and visionary activism that Williams and Mirikitani have dedicated to GLIDE. For over 50 years, they have spoken out against hate, exploitation, violence and dehumanization.

“On the occasion of this year’s Holiday Jam, we encourage people to walk that walk and talk that talk, to love and serve the most vulnerable among us,” said Rev. Williams. “By walking that walk and fighting for justice and equality for all, we can inspire the change within ourselves and do extraordinary things together,” said Mirikitani.

Each year, the GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam raises funds for GLIDE services, including the Daily Free Meals program. Located at GLIDE’s Tenderloin headquarters, Mo’s Kitchen serves three meals a day, seven days a week, to San Francisco’s most in-need individuals and families, totaling roughly 750,000 meals annually.

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