Fairbanks NAACP holds events celebrating Black History Month

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 4:15 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks branch of the NAACP, the oldest civil rights organization in the U.S., has been holding events celebrating Black History Month 2021.

Fairbanks NAACP President Montean Jackson explained, “In the history books, and in schools, we may learn a fraction, and a very small sliver, of what African-Americans have achieved and accomplished, and contribute to the American society. So I feel it’s extremely important that, during this month, we, all of us, come together and see those many accomplishments, and are able to understand the contributions that African-Americans have made.”

On February 18th, the organization hosted a showing of “Free Men,” a documentary about racism and resilience.

Jackson explained that the local chapter, in partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, is holding its annual Black History Month contest until March 5th.

The contest involves different projects for various age groups of district students, ranging from grades K-12. The theme this year is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity – Moving the World Forward.” More information about this event can be found on the school district’s website.

“Every year I’ve participated in some of the judging, and we receive some wonderful entries from many of our students,” Jackson said.

On Thursday, February 25, the Fairbanks NAACP will host the latest entry in its Racial Justice 101 series, focusing on microaggressions and microaffirmations. The link to this event, as well as more information, can be found on the association’s Facebook page.

Finally, on Saturday, February 27th, the organization will host a Black History Celebration open to the public from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Jackson explained, “That will round us out for this month. We’ve tried to work hard with our community partners, and collaborate and provide opportunities for our community to honor and celebrate Black History Month here in Fairbanks.”

Throughout the year, the NAACP of Fairbanks works alone and with other community groups to advance the same programs and policies of the national organization. According to Jackson, these include education, employment, criminal justice, health and economic development. “We focus and target areas where longstanding systems of racism continue to exist in our society.”

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