Cecil's Open Road
Lose Something (0:28)
It Was Not Easy (0:27)
Empower The Poor (0:34)
Risk All That You Have (0:23)
San Francisco, CA
Public Television: Season 1
Glide Memorial Church
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- “It was an ordeal” going to Southern Methodist University when he did—was one of the first African-Americans accepted.
- The school clearly didn’t know how to treat their black students; sent him to New Mexico to start a segregated church.
- He said “no way,” left SMU for Berkeley, finished theology studies there.
- Was assigned to a church in Kansas City, congregation was largely poor.
- Saw that poverty was a commonality that united white and black churchgoers.
- Realized that to help people “where it hurt the most,” he had to empower those who were impoverished.
- Joined Glide Memorial, turned it into a place of refuge for many of San Francisco’s poor and homeless.
- Says he created his “own theology,” follows example of founder of the Methodist church, who worked extensively with the poor.