Anchorage residents gathered under a unified banner Saturday to celebrate the city’s diversity and recognize racial inequality in the U.S. About 100 people walked from Mountain View to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial on the Delaney Park Strip for the Unity March for Anchorage.

Gov. Bill Walker and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz attended the rally downtown after the march and spoke to the crowd when they got there.


Some marchers said Alaska has plenty of problems, but that Alaskans are more accepting than others in some places in the Lower 48. “All lives matter” and “Black lives matter” was chanted by the crowd.

“In order for all lives to matter, black lives also have to matter,” Carlton Franklin told KTVA.

It was the second rally to be held in Anchorage after two black men were shot by police in Louisiana and Minnesota shortly before five police officers were killed in Dallas.

“If we in Anchorage can continue on the path that we’re on to value that diversity, that’s a strength of our community and we should be out in front of the nation on this,” said Shawnalee Whitney. “While I recognize that there is room for improvement in our community, I think that we’re headed on the right path and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church organized Saturday’s event.

KTVA 11’s Eric Ruble contributed to this report.

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