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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 22, Virtual Item 19, Q784- Testimonial celebration for Cecil Williams at Glide UMC | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 22, Virtual Item 19, Q784- Testimonial celebration for Cecil Williams at Glide UMC
November, 1975

This tape consists of a testimonial program given in honor of Rev. Cecil Williams on the tenth anniversary of his ministry at Glide United Methodist Church in San Francisco. Assemblyman Willie Brown serves as master of ceremonies for the program, and numerous dignitaries give short speeches focusing on Williams' contribution to the community and anticipating the words of the honoree himself.

The exception is Jim Jones. Despite the reason for the occasion, it is Jones who receives the longest and most enthusiastic ovations (more so even than Williams himself) and who delivers the evening's longest speech (again, longer than Williams'). The speech is also the most substantive, a political address worthy of a keynote speaker, especially compared to the last speech of the night by Williams himself, who merely echoes a few of Jones' previous words, introduces his own family, and describes the rest of the night's entertainment.

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

Phys. Desc:
Original audiocassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
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The Jonestown Institute
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