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Rev. Cecil Williams

AKA Albert Cecil Williams

Born: 22-Sep-1929
Birthplace: San Angelo, TX

Gender: Male
Religion: African Methodist Episcopal
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Religion, Activist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Glide Memorial Church

Pastor, Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Helped create the Council on Religion and Homosexuality in 1964. Responsible for pulling Glide to the left, putting the church at the forefront of the gay, anti-war, and civil rights movements.

Williams is probably the most prominent religious figure in San Francisco, now that Jim Jones is dead. Williams is a close friend with Willie Brown, former Glide Trustee turned San Francisco politician, and both men called upon Jones' People's Temple for help in the 1970s.

Once attempted to negotiate with the Symbionese Liberation Army for the release of Patty Hearst. Interviewed his friend Angela Davis while she was imprisoned.

Father: Earl Williams Sr.
Sister: Johnny Cavanaugh
Brother: Earl Williams Jr. (b. 1924)
Brother: Reedy Williams
Brother: Claudius "Dusty" Williams
Brother: Jack Williams
Wife: Evelyn Robinson (ex-, b. 1928, m. 1956, div. 1976, d. 1981, school teacher, 2 children)
Son: Albert
Daughter: Kim
Wife: Janice Mirikitani (b. 1941, m. 1982, poet, Williams' church secretary at Glide)

    High School: Blackshear High School, San Angelo, TX (1948)
    University: BA Sociology, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX (1952)
    Theological: BD, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (1955)
    Teacher: Chaplain and Teacher, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX (1956-59)

    Nervous Breakdown 1941
    Wedding: Jerry Brown and Anne Gust (2005)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Pursuit of Happyness (15-Dec-2006)
    America's Heart and Soul (1-May-2004) · Himself
    True Crime (19-Mar-1999)

Author of books:
I'm Alive (1980, autobiography)


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