Fairbanks NAACP encourages community service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Monday, January 17, the U.S. celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of the civil rights leader.

Celebrated on the third Monday of every January, the holiday was signed into law by former president Ronald Reagan in 1983.

According to Montean Jackson, President of the NAACP of Fairbanks, Alaska, a series of celebrations and meals normally accompany the holiday weekend.

However, due to COVID-19, in-person gatherings have been cancelled this year.

Instead, the Fairbanks NAACP is encouraging people to serve their community. “Even though we cannot gather in person,” Jackson said, “we can, perhaps, show our support and honor Dr. King by giving back and making a small community impact through community volunteerism, donating to an organization time and/or money and helping out a neighbor or friend,”

To honor the holiday, the Fairbanks NAACP donated winter gloves and clothing to Bread Line, Inc.

“Dr. King’s dream has paved the way for so many in our nation to achieve the American Dream,” Jackson continued. “Dr. King’s continued meaningful contributions, through his legacy, to the cause of social justice, inclusion, and equality for all Americans in all aspects of living, has paved the way for many who might otherwise have been left out of the American dream.”

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