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Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
By Janice Jackson


February 13, 2007
Tuesday PM

Local residents will have a chance on Friday to learn about Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich's significant contributions in advancing civil rights in Alaska.

The ANB & ANS local camps are celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Friday, February 16th, 2007, from 6-8 pm, at the SE Alaska Discovery Center on Main Street. The Ketchikan Indian Community and US Forest Service are also co-sponsoring this event.

Local students will read winning essays about Elizabeth Peratrovich, and the famous Elizabeth Peratrovich speech will be recited by Danielle Grams, Myrna Chaney & Corrine Velez.

Born July 4, 1911 in Petersburg, Alaska, Elizabeth was deeply rooted in her Tlingit heritage. Along with her husband Roy, Elizabeth is best known for her efforts to ensure the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act by the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Her moving and dramatic presentation before the Legislature on February 8, 1945 was responsible for changing the views of outspoken critics of the bill and the bill was passed 11 to 5. Peratrovich continued her civil rights efforts until her death in 1958.

In 1988, the Alaska Legislature established February 16th as The Annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day by Executive Proclamation. Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) Grand President, Elizabeth Peratrovich, worked tirelessly to overcome the prejudice and discrimination toward Alaska Natives. Her work and testimony were instrumental in the passage of the anti-discrimination law.

The Alaska Native Brotherhood & Sisterhood recognizes Elizabeth Peratrovich Day every year, to highlight the contributions of Elizabeth & Roy Peratrovich and the Alaska Native Brotherhood & Sisterhood.

Everyone is welcome to the Elizabeth Peratrovich Day event, Friday, February 16, 2007, from 6-8pm at the SE Alaska Discovery Center.

Janice Jackson
Ketchikan, AK

Received February 13, 2007 - Published February 13, 2007

About: "Janice Jackson is a member of the local Alaska Native Sisterhood, and previously held the position of First Vice President of the statewide ANS Grand Camp."


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