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Those who missed attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration hosted by Juneau’s Black Awareness Association Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church missed out not only on moving musical performances, a dramatic reading of Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech and the words of leaders representing Juneau’s diverse community, but also missed an opportunity to hear real testimony to how Juneau does on issues of equality. According to speakers at the event, themed “Living the Dream,” Juneau does quite well, but we’re not to the end of the journey to equality yet. 

“Dr. King said of racism that it separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Let all of us live his dream and do our best to overcome prejudice, homophobia, sexism and other discrimination.” Sen. Dennis Egan said.

He closed saying, “Let Juneau, our region, and our state lead the way in supporting equality for all.” 

All photos by Michael Penn / Juneau Empire