An Anchorage Black Lives Matter rally focused on everyone in the community and worked to bring people together through prayer, according to event organizer Annalisha Jacobs. The rally took place for two hours on Friday in the Sears Mall parking lot.


Jacobs said the event was hastily planned Wednesday evening after two black men were shot by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Minneapolis, Minnesota, but before the police killings in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.


The purpose of the Anchorage rally was to show that the city’s residence do not believe violence is the answer, Jacobs explained.


“I’m trying to show them a way that we can do it without using violence, the way Martin Luther King did,” Jacobs said. “He was not pro-violence; he was against that. I can be pro-black and not anti-white, you know what I’m saying? We can still get along. We can still come together and find a solution.”


APD Chief Chris Tolley and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz attended the event.