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The Alaska Youth Choir sings under the direction of Missouri Smyth during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Sherry Patterson sings "We Shall Overcome" during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Sherry Patterson sings "His Eye is On the Sparrow" during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Mistress of Ceremony Shirley Workman speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Sally Smith speaks on behalf of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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The Alaska Youth Choir sings under the direction of Missouri Smyth during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Glenn Mitchell gives a dramatic reading of the "I Have a Dream" speech during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Geny Evangelista-Del Rosario speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Mike Tagaban speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Missouri Smyth introduces the Alaska Youth Choir during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Mickey Sanders speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Salissa Thole sings "America" during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Pastor Richard Green of the Glacier Valley Church of God speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Sen. Dennis Egan, right, and Geny Evangelista-Del Rosario link arms with others as they sing "We Shall Overcome" at the closure of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day annual celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Speakers and audience members link arms as they sing "We Will Overcome" at the closure of the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.
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Pastor Daymond Geary of the Breakthrough Church speaks during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at the St. Paul Catholic Church on Monday.

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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

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