Organizations throughout Anchorage will be using the long weekend as an opportunity to remember Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy through celebrations and service events. Here’s how you can get involved:
SUNDAY -- Community-wide celebration
The Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Alaska has been hosting an annual community-wide celebration commemorating King’s legacy for the past 33 years. The event is the largest celebration in the state, drawing hundreds of people, according to organizer Celeste Hodge Growden.
“It seems every year it just gets larger,” Growden said.
This year’s event, to be held at West Anchorage High School, will feature musical performances by the MLK Community-Wide Chorus and the Christian contemporary band Forgiven, along with presentations by community leaders, including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop.
The event’s founder, former Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church pastor Alonzo Patterson, said people of all cultures and races are welcome at the event.
The celebration will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday at 1700 Hillcrest Drive in Anchorage.
MONDAY -- Free legal help
For the 10th year in a row, the Alaska Bar Association will partner with a number of other legal organizations Monday “to honor Dr. King’s legacy of volunteerism and leadership" by hosting free legal clinics throughout the state.
Volunteer attorneys will provide advice on non-criminal matters, ranging from divorce and child custody to housing and public benefits to employment and probate. For a full list of topic areas, visit alaskabar.org/mlk.
Anchorage: Mountain View Boys & Girls Club, 315 North Price St., from noon to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fairbanks: JP Jones Community Development Center, 2400 Rickert St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Juneau: Alaska Legal Services Corporation, 8800 Glacier Highway, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Juneau: Dimond Courthouse, 123 Fourth St., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Palmer: Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 South Chugach St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
MONDAY -- United Way Day of Service
The United Way of Anchorage is looking for volunteers to help connect individuals in need to community resources on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The organization said on Facebook that volunteer teams will distribute door hangers throughout neighborhoods in East Anchorage. The door hangers contain information about upcoming tax preparation events and Alaska 211, a resource that helps people experiencing a need find food, housing, shelter, counseling and other services.
The volunteers will meet at 11 a.m. at Susitna Elementary on 7500 Tyone Court.