MEMORABLE DAY: Yolanda Clarke (circled) can be seen standing behind Martin Luthur King, Jr., during his “I Have a Dream” speech.


Benjamin J. Baker

managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists.

​Who’s That Adventist Woman Beside Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Yolanda Clarke says a pivotal day bears a message for Adventists today.

A Seventh-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, D.C., 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 them.

This is the message that Clarke wants to convey to fellow Seventh-day Adventists as the United States celebrates …

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