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Bettye Davis African American Summit returns for Black History Month


February 1, 2020

The Alaska Black Caucus will present a variety of events throughout February, including the second annual Bettye Davis African American Summit on Feb. 29. Davis, a community leader and Alaska’s first African American State Senator, passed away in December 2018 and the summit was organized in her name. Its mission is to serve as the principal forum and voice for the Alaska African American community in addressing critical issues of public policy and government. This year’s takes place at Bartlett High School and brings together experts to lead panel forums in different areas: Education, Legislation, Justice Reform, Health, Economics. Vendor booths will be on-site and there will be a Prayer Breakfast and Legislative Luncheon.

Attendance is free, registration required. RSVP online at

For more information about the summit, and a schedule of other events in February, visit and click “Our Events”. Or call Celeste Hodge Growden at 907-229-4228.

The Cook Inlet Historical Society will present a lecture, “A Celebration of Black History on the Last Frontier,” at the Anchorage Museum on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Speakers will include community advocates and historians Ed Wesley and Cal Williams. There will be a display and book giveaway and the event is free and open to the public. Use the 7th Avenue entrance.

Visit for more information.


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