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November 2002

Release Date: November 4, 2002

Rev. Williams to Visit ASU for Forum on Societal Issues

The Rev. Cecil B. Williams, a San Angelo native who has guided a one-time failing San Francisco church into national prominence, will participate in a forum with nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Bill Maxwell Monday, Nov. 11, at Angelo State University.

The forum and question-and-answer session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont on the ASU campus. The program is open free to the public.

As pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, Williams turned the inner city church into one of the fastest growing churches in the country and one of the most socially active, becoming one of San Francisco's largest providers of non-profit services for the city's needy. The church is also known for its invigorating religious services.

Maxwell, who is an editorial writer and nationally syndicated columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, will moderate the session that will cover a variety of societal issues as well as Williams' recollections of San Angelo. Maxwell is serving this fall as the AEP/West Texas Utilities Distinguished Professor in Residence at ASU.

Following the forum, Williams and Maxwell will be honored during a reception hosted by the West Texas Collection on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. On display during the reception will be exhibits in the West Texas Collection on Rev. Williams and his family and in the adjacent Tucker Center on the black community and black-owned businesses in San Angelo.

The forum is sponsored by the student group Black Organization Striving for Success. The reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection.

Williams was born and reared in San Angelo, attending Wesley United Methodist Church as he grew up and graduating from Blackshear High School in 1948. He is returning to San Angelo Nov. 10-12 for a Cecil Williams Days celebration, highlighting his achievements as well as the accomplishments of San Angelo's black community over the years.

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