Clara Ester was actively engaged in the Civil Rights Movement and personally witnessed the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an active worker in the Civil Rights Movement in Memphis, Tennessee, what began as a five-month community survey assignment grew to two years, then to a thirty-nine year relationship with thousands of families who “embraced me and took me in as one of their own.” Her in-depth and personal understanding of the fight for the sanitation workers, which had brought Dr. King to Memphis, fueled her life work in social welfare and justice. Among so many vocations, Ms. Ester became one of the founding members of Habitat for Humanity of Mobile and People United to Advance the Dream.
Clara Ester is a native Memphian and retired deaconess of The United Methodist Church, having served primarily in the Alabama-West Florida Conference in Mobile, Alabama. Her conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson will provide poignant and personal insight into the 2:00 Interfaith Lecture the theme of the week, “Not to Be Forgotten: A Remembrance on Dr. Martin Luther King.”