Addressing Alaskans: Faith and fighting COVID-19

A sign says "Bettye Davis African American Summit on COVID-19"

This week’s episode of Addressing Alaskans features speakers from the 2021 Bettye Davis African American Summit on COVID-19. Christian religious leaders speak about the intersection of personal faith and the importance of making the choice to help push back against the pandemic.


Pastor Leon D. May I, River in the Desert; President,
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance

Pastor Alonzo B. Patterson, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Frances A. Reid, Empowerment Temple AME Zion Church

Pastor Undra Parker, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Ulysses Burley III, UBtheCURE LLC

Ben Odell, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships


Bettye Davis African American Summit Morning Session VIDEO

Alaska Black Caucus

Alaska Black Caucus COVID-19 resources

RECORDED: Saturday, October 3, 2021

BROADCAST: Sunday, January 23, 2022


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Ammon Swenson is Alaska Public Media’s Audio Media Content Producer. He was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from UAA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and integrated media. He’s previously worked for KRUA radio, the Anchorage Press, and The Northern Light.

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