LISTEN: After a tumultuous 2020, what priorities do Black Alaskans have looking ahead?

Protesters in the Justice for George Floyd rally march through downtown Anchorage on Friday, June 6 (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)

Over the past year, Black Americans have seen highs, such as the election of Vice President Kamala Harris, and extreme lows, including racial violence and disproportionate harm from COVID-19. How do Black Alaskans see the current issues facing our society, and how do they want policy and social change to shift toward equity in the future? For Black History Month, Lori Townsend commemorates Black Alaskan pioneers and speaks with current leaders about the path forward.

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Rex Butler, Attorney & Member of the Alaska Black Caucus  
  • Sherry Patterson, President, Black Awareness Association of Juneau
  • Ashleigh Gaines, Chair, Youth Works committee, NAACP Anchorage



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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