Martin Luther King Jr.: The Message in Today’s world

Thursday 26th January 2023

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid 1950s until his assassination in 1968. King will always be remembered for his non-violent protests against segregation and his speeches that captivated and mobilized a nation. Has time changed the meaning of King’s message? Join us in exploring King’s legacy and impact in today’s world.


This virtual event is hosted by Paula Farmer, GLIDE Church Board member, lay leader and congregational Life Leader. She is also the Director of Community and Belonging at The Berkley School.

Our panelist include:

Dr. Sheryl Davis– Executive Director for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Sheryl Evans Davis, EdD is a changemaker who leads relationship-driven, community-centered initiatives. Named Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission in 2016, Davis is a passionate advocate for equity, access, and educational opportunity for all. For nearly three decades, she has made contributions as an educator and leader with expertise in community outreach and engagement, workforce development, youth development, and violence prevention.

Dr. Davis worked to build out an equity framework with San Francisco community stakeholders and City departments, resulting in the Office of Racial Equity. She also oversees the Equity Studies Task Force, the Blue-Ribbon Panel for Juvenile Justice Reform, and the Dream Keeper Initiative, among other programs of the SFHRC. Davis is frequently requested to speak on issues of community wellness, equity, and strategic change work. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, an MPA from the University of San Francisco, and an EdD from USC Rossier; in 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from USF.

Saundra Hagerty– A Violence Intervention Programs Manager at GLIDE, a nationally recognized Center for Social Justice.

During her four years at GLIDE, she has been committed to addressing barriers marginalized communities face. Her passion lies in advocating for restorative justice and criminal justice reform to address the harm caused to African Americans by systemic racism and mass incarceration. Saundra provides trainings and presentations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on domestic violence and intervention strategies. A graduate of the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and

a certified batterers intervention facilitator, Saundra works with the courts, probation, child protection agencies, and other community-based organizations focused on ending family violence. She has facilitated Strength and Resilience, Women Overcoming Violence, and Mindful Meditation groups for women housed at San Francisco County Jail #2. As a justice-impacted woman, Saundra leads discussions around systemic racism, power, privilege, mass incarceration, and criminal justice reform. She has a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Speech Communications and Criminal Justice, from Los Angeles Pacific University.

Dr. Holly Joshi- Director, Center for Social Justice, GLIDE

Dr. Holly Joshi joins Glide as the new Director of the Center for Social Justice. She is a Bay Area native and has been a community servant and leader in social justice and systems change work for twenty years. She has worked on issues of racial and gender justice, youth and community development, and criminal justice reform through executive leadership positions with government, non-profit, and private, social impact organizations. She is a nationally recognized expert on gender-based violence prevention and intervention and served as the executive director for MISSSEY, a direct service organization providing crisis intervention, long-term supports, and advocacy for trafficked youth. She served on then Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Task Force on Human Trafficking and Task Force on 21st Century Policing and has worked to implement survivor-centered policy reform and legislation at the local and state level.

Before coming to Glide, she worked as the Director of Racial Justice and Systems Change at Bright Research Group, a woman of color owned and operated research, evaluation, strategy, and design firm. While there she led participatory action research, qualitative inquiry, and capacity-building projects that centered the voices of marginalized communities, and supported government, non-profit, and philanthropic leaders to think deeply and act strategically for justice.

Holly holds a B.A. in criminal justice, a master’s degree in leadership for social justice, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her work has been featured in the Bay Area local press, on MSNBC, Anderson Cooper, and in Essence Magazine. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her partner, kids, and French bulldog, taking in the spicy foods and beauty of the Bay, and hiking, biking, and running. She is thrilled to join the Glide team and honored to work with so many powerful, brilliant, people committed to justice, healing, and love.

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