YOUR VOICE, YOUR STORY: S. Epatha Merkerson

About This Episode


S. Epatha Merkerson is a dynamic African American film, television, and stage actress. She's won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a SAG award, an Obie award and four NAACP Image awards as well as two Tony nominations. Best known for her long running role as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on NBC's Law and Order, Merkerson is an outspoken advocate for lung cancer research and vocal opponent of smoking. She sat on the Board of Directors for the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids until 2007. Today Merkerson continues to perform in film and on stage.

Most recently, S. Epatha Merkerson hosts the TV One special Find Our Missing, a program dedicated to profiling missing African American children.