“Let it ring.” That is how the people of Anchorage commemorated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the auditorium at West high school today. The ceremony, organized by the MLK Foundation of Alaska, was filled with joy, enthusiasm, exhilaration for goals already achieved, and for the hope that even more advancements in greater American race relations, will be achieved in the near future. Heart-lifting songs performed by the MLK Community -Wide choir, peppered the calls to action to celebrate the day, celebrate the ideas, and the person who inspires us even now to continue to promote the idea of equality, with love and peace. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was among the speakers to reminded people its about doing too. “Trying, try to do what Dr. King encouraged us to do.”
Alaska State Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson was invited to the podium to celebrate and and encouraged others to believe in their dreams. Also in attendance, another recently elected Alaska State Senator, Scott Kawasaki from Fairbanks.
The way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on the 21st, according to Pastor Leon D. May of the River in the Desert Community Church, is to get out be of good service to others.