MLK Day in Fairbanks

FAIRBANKS- The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Civil Rights leader, who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, would have turned 85 years of age on January 15th. Today marked the 28th federal observance of King's birthday. The slain civil rights leader is the only Black American whose birthday is a national holiday. Local ceremonies honoring the life and legacy of Doctor King got underway earlier this weekend. This morning, adults and youth celebrated the holiday at the J.P. Jones community Center during the annual youth breakfast. For many speakers, Martin Luther King Junior inspires service and action. The keynote speaker who is a pediatrician at the Tanana Valley Clinic, Dr. Shallon Craddock, says that the service MLK embodied is good for everyone. “Living a life of service decreases violence in a community and it increases self-esteem, increases compassion, so we all benefit from practicing a life that is committed to community service,” Craddock says.