5 MAKERS Share Stories of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy is a powerful and far-reaching one, extending way beyond his short life. His leadership moved a generation to do something bigger than themselves, including five MAKERS who transformed the world as groundbreakers in their own right. From seeing him on television to meeting him face-to-face, see how Dr. King impacted these five MAKERS' determination to make change.  Watch the video playlist above for memories of Dr. King from Marian Wright Edelman, Aileen Clarke Hernandez, Esta Soler, Alice Walker, and Nichelle Nichols.


Marian Wright Edelman was the first African-American woman to practice law in Mississippi and founder of the Children's Defense Fund. She talks about how, as a prominent civil rights attorney, she worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr., delivering the message from Robert Kennedy that would ultimately lead to the legendary Poor People's March.  


Aileen Clarke Hernandez is a feminist organizer and former President of the National Organization For Women (NOW). A central voice in the women's movement, especially representing women of color, Hernandez's work was greatly inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. She talks about how he lived by example, "Just don't look at yourself; look at all the things around you that you could be part of."


Esta Soler is the founder and president of Futures Without Violence, a leading non-profit organization in the fight against domestic violence. She remembers seeing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak when he visited her hometown  and how she thought to herself, "Darn, I want to make a difference out there." She most certainly did. Soler talks about putting a name to domestic violence and using rejection as motivation to pursue goals.


Alice Walker is a Pulitzer-Prize winning author for her novel "The Color Purple.​" She became a writer determined to give a voice to the sharecroppers who raised her. Walker recalls how, by the time she went off to college, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. who she'd seen on television, she felt it was natural to join the Civil Rights Movement.


Nichelle Nichols is a groundbreaking actress who played Lieutenant Uhura on legendary television series "Star Trek." She talks about how she caught the acting bug as well as meeting Martin Luther King, Jr. at an NAACP event where he told her that her character was a symbol of the movement and change.  


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