Ester to serve as Unity Program keynote speaker

Ester to serve as MLK Jr. Unity Program keynote speaker
Posted on 01/13/2021
Clara Ester photo

Social welfare and justice advocate Clara J. Ester will be the keynote speaker at the 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Program on Monday, Jan. 18.

Ester’s speech will take place virtually from the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, only program participants will be in attendance. The event begins at 8 a.m. and will be broadcasted live via the Imperial Centre’s YouTube page.

Ester, a longtime resident of Mobile, Alabama, began her service career as a neighborhood organizer in 1970, two years after witnessing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in April 1968. She has served as Executive Director of the Dumas Wesley Community Center in Mobile, Ala., and the National Vice President of the United Methodist Women. Ester was one of the founding members for the Habitat for Humanities of Mobile and People United to Advance the Dream. She is a graduate of Leadership Mobile and Leadership Alabama.

“We are excited to have Clara Ester as our keynote speaker,” Human Relations Director Archie Jones said. “Her contributions and leadership on a local level are to be admired and honored. I encourage our community to take part in this online experience.”

Winners from the MLK Jr. Oratorical Contest held on Jan. 9 will recite their speeches at the Dunn Center. A “Service to Humanity Award” will be presented to a community-based organization on behalf of the city of Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission.