Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich
Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

Today, the search engine has shared an interactive Google doodle and celebrating this Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was American civil rights activist and member of the Tlingit nation who worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives. In recently, in 2020 the United States Mint released a $1 gold coin inscribed with Elizabeth’s likeness in honor of her historic achievements in the fight for equality.

Who Is Elizabeth Peratrovich? The Story Behind the Country’s First Anti-Discrimination Law

Full Name:Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich

Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) was an American civil rights activist and member of the Tlingit nation who worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives.

In the 1940s, her advocacy was credited as being instrumental in the passing of Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

In 1988, the Alaska Legislature established February 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day “for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska” (Alaska Statutes 44.12.065).

In March 2019, her obituary was added to The New York Times as part of their “Overlooked No More” series.

Born July 4, 1911
Petersburg, District of Alaska, U.S.

Died December 1, 1958 (aged 47)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Other names Kaaxgal.aat

Education Sheldon Jackson College
Western College of Education

Spouse(s) Roy Peratrovich (1908–1989, m. 1931)

Children Roy Peratrovich, Jr. (b. 1934)
Frank Allen Peratrovich (1937–2010)
Loretta Marie Montgomery (1940–2010)

Parent(s) Andrew Wanamaker, Mary Wanamaker

Her words inspired change. Her perseverance led to a more equitable future.

Today’s #GoogleDoodle honors Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich who helped establish the 1st anti-discrimination law in the U.S.

Today’s Google doodle is Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit mother who testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in ’45 & swayed the floor vote w/ compelling testimony in favor of passage of Anti-Discrimination Act,the 1st civil rights bill passed in U.S. since the Civil War. 

Her words inspired change. Her perseverance led to a more equitable future.

Today we say her name, Elizabeth Peratrovich We honor Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) who helped establish the 1st anti-discrimination law in the U.S. in 1945. 

“Asking you to give me equal rights implies that they are yours to give. Instead, I must demand that you stop trying to deny me the rights all people deserve” Elizabeth Peratrovich

Elizabeth Peratrovich Quotes and Wishes

“No law will eliminate crimes but at least you as legislators can assert to the world that you recognize the evil of the present situation and speak your intent to help us overcome discrimination.”

-Elizabeth Peratrovich From her speech to the 1945 Alaska Senate during debate of an anti-discrimination bill

Speak up and stop the discrimination, for that is what this day is all about.

On this Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, we must understand that civil rights are not optional.

On this Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, let every voice count.

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