SB 40 honors contributions of African Americans

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leads the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 28, 1963) Photo courtesy of History in HD/Unsplash.

Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen, Elvi Gray-Jackson, D-Anchorage, and honoring contributions of African Americans in Alaska and the nation, was signed into law on Sept. 19 by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Gray-Jackson’s bill passed the Alaska Legislature in May.

Henceforth, every February will be Black History Month in Alaska.

The bill calls for schools, community groups and other public and private agencies and individuals to observe the month with appropriate activities to honor and recognize contributions of African Americans on a state and federal level.