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Who's That Adventist Woman Beside Martin Luther King Jr.?

Yolanda Clarke says a pivotal day in civil rights history bears a message for Adventists today.

Adventist Review | Posted February 6, 2015 |
by Benjamin J. Baker is an assistant archivist at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

ASeventh-day Adventist woman can be spotted on stage beside Martin Luther King Jr. during arguably the most pivotal event of the civil rights movement — his “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd of 200,000 to 300,000 people in Washington in 1963.

But who is she?

Yolanda Clarke, who will turn 90 in a few months, says her presence on the stage is a testament to the power of God to help African Americans and a reminder to Adventists that they must, like Jesus, actively engage in the world around us.

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