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2015 Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Theme: We’ve Got to See It Through

The celebration includes music by: the Alaska Youth Choir, Sherry Patterson, Jocelyn Miles, Salissa Thole, and pianist Bob Reierson.
Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallot will speak.
A five-member panel will discuss their perspective of national events and how we can promote appreciation and healing in our own community.  The discussion will be moderated by Lartarsha McQueen. Panelists include:
  • Ronalda Cadiente Brown, University of Alaska, Program Director of the PITAAS
  • Bryce Johnson, City and Borough of Juneau, Chief of Police
  • Michael Patterson, Marine Exchange of Alaska, Maritime Information Specialist
  • Naomi Sanders, United States Coast Guard Veteran and State of Alaska, Department of of Revenue, Accounting Technician III
  • Charles Westmoreland, Juneau Empire, Managing Editor

In conjunction with the celebration, BAA is sponsoring a Day of Service, Glove and Socks Drive. Please bring your donations of new gloves and socks for children, women, and men to be directly provided to the AWARE and the Glory Hole.


2014 Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

This year’s community commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 20th.


Hello and welcome to Juneau’s Black Awareness Association’s (BAA) first web endeavor.


If you are a Juneau, Alaska resident, you are fortunate in many ways. Not only are you surrounded by the breath taking beauty of multiple glaciers, a vibrant and verdant rainforest, mountains, beaches, a large variety of wildlife, and moody weather, but you are ensconced in a community that pulses with numerous diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Nevertheless, like the flora in the surrounding rainforest, if you are not paying attention our city’s human population may seem somewhat homogenous.  In order to appreciate the cultural diversity inherent in our city, you have to be willing to notice, explore and interact with the micro-communities.  The population of people with black heritage is only one of the many smaller communities, yet our population has a lot to offer and celebrate in Juneau Alaska.

The BAA was formed to promote awareness about the richness, joy and strength of Black American cultures, contributions, and lives in the larger Juneau community as well as to encourage education and assist people with Black American heritage in the advancement  of our professional, social, and personal lives.  In facilitation of these goals, the BAA schedules meetings, provides scholarships to students with Black heritage, provides grants for schools needing requesting funding for books and curriculum teaching about Black American heritage, hosts Juneau’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, hosts an annual event in celebration of Black History month, and works with other groups to provide wholesome recreation activities for children and families.

The purpose of this page is provide information about the BAA events, scholarships, and meeting times.  When the site is complete, it will also include forms.  Until this site is complete, you may contact Sherry Patterson by phone with any of your questions at (907) 957 – 0630.

Thank you for stopping in.