Black History Month kicks off in Anchorage

Published: Feb. 2, 2020 at 2:23 PM AKST
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February 1 kicked off Black History Month, and to mark the occasion, a coalition of community groups welcomed community members to a film screening at Bear Tooth Theatre.

The Alaska Black Caucus, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, and the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra joined together at Bear Tooth Theatre-pub to screen 'Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price,' about an American classical composer, pianist, and music teacher.

Price was the first African-American women to have a composition played by a major American symphony orchestra. Celeste Hodge Growden, the President and CEO of Alaska Black Caucus says Black History Month is for young and old alike.

"It's definitely important for the youth but it's also equally important for some of our seniors like me, because history wasn't -- black history wasn't taught in the schools when I was going to school, and so, I'm actually learning some things I should have learned long ago," said Growden. "It's just really important that we recognize that black heritage is very important, and for us to know where we're going, we have to know where we've come from."

There will be dozens of events paying tribute to black history around Anchorage throughout the month of February, including a weekly Black History Month dialogue series at the Fairview Recreation Center, and the Bettye Davis African American Summit at Bartlett High on February 29.

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