Photos: Vibrant cultural celebration showcases Anchorage diversity

Dancers and drummers drew a capacity crowd to the auditorium at Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School for the first Martin Luther King Day Cultural Celebration Monday evening. The event, hosted by the Alaska Black Caucus showcased Anchorage’s diversity with performances in various traditions, including African, Alaska Native, Korean, Samoan and more.

Celeste Hodge Growden, president and CEO of Alaska Black Caucus, said she hopes the event will become an annual event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, because it demonstrates some of what King hoped to see. “Programs like this pull us all together,” she said. “It promotes unity, and harmony, and inclusiveness and love.”

Marc Lester

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