By KTUU News Staff
12:00 PM AKST, February 16, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013 marks the 24th celebration of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day.
It's known in the Alaska legislature as day to remember a historical Alaska Native Activist.
Peratrovich and her husband Roy were Tlingits from Southeast Alaska and spearheaded the state's first Anti-Discrimination law in 1945.
Peratrovich spoke to the Alaska Territorial Senate to overcome discrimination towards Alaska Natives.
It was the first act of its kind in the United States, preceding the Civil Rights Act by nearly 20 years.
Alaska lawmakers and officials issued proclamations and resolutions honoring the efforts made by Elizabeth Peratrovich.
To read Governor Parnell’s proclamation, click here.
To read Senator Mark Begich’s statement, click here.
To read Senator Lisa Murkowski’s statement, click here.
To read the Anchorage School Department’s resolution, click here.
For archive material of Elizabeth Peratrovich, visit the Alaska State Library’s website.
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