Bettye Davis African American Summit

Continuing the legacy of the late state senator, Bettye Davis, the Alaska Black Caucus proudly presents the annual Bettye Davis African American Summit.

Sat. October 23, 2021

Bettye Davis East High School

Thank you for joining us at Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School for the third annual Bettye Davis African American Summit on COVID-19. 


In 2021, health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at higher rates, nearly two times greater than their share of the population. 

Appropriately, the 2021 Bettye Davis African American Summit highlighted the impacts of COVID-19 on BIPOC communities. 

Access to clear, accurate, and trustworthy health information is crucial to manage and respond to this unprecedented crisis. The 2021 Summit featured sessions on emerging topics including:

  • scientific insights on COVID-19 variants
  • challenges and successes in Alaska’s response¬†
  • how public health policies have affected communities
  • opportunities to diversify the health care workforce.
Local & National Speakers
Including speakers from the CDC, CMS and the Office of Minority Health
Honoring Bettye Davis
Ribbon cutting at Bettye Davis East High School with honorary plaque reveal
Thank You Sponsors
This program was made possible by the gracious support of our sponsors.

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Continuing Her Legacy

A passionate champion of children, Ms. Bettye Davis (1938-2018) became the first elected African-American woman to serve in the Alaska State House of Representatives from 1990 to 1996, and in 2000, Senator Davis became the first African-American ever to be elected to the Alaska State Senate. 

Senator Davis served on many local and national councils, task forces, and boards. She received countless awards for her service and dedication to Alaska and our community.

Bettye Davis hosted the first African American Summit. The Alaska Black Caucus is proud to continue her legacy and remember her through the annual Bettye Davis African American Summit.

it wasn't all about getting money. Bettye stood for kids.

Ruth McConnell

Bettye went to Juneau to do the right thing... always.

Les Gara