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. This event brings together the Black community and other people of color in conversation and action to make Alaska a better place for everyone.

February 18, 2023

Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School

The Summit provides a forum for the Black community to educate policy makers and the public about not just the issues facing BIPOC people but also the solutions we want to see. The Summit addresses critical issues of public policy in the areas of economics, justice, education, and health. It is the principal gathering place, idea generator, and voice for the Black community in Alaska. You don’t want to miss it!

On Health & Equity

2021 Summit Recap

See moments from the 2021 Bettye Davis African American Summit through session recordings.

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