Sunday, November 23, 2008

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

"No laws 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 overcome discrimination"

- Elizabeth Peratrovich from her speech to the 1945 Alaska Senate debate of the anti-discrimination bill.

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood take great pride in honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, one of the finest Native leaders in state history. The state designated February 16, as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, and the ANB-ANS encourages all Alaskans to celebrate her remarkable life and her achievements in securing civil rights for all people. Working through the ANB-ANS, she changed the state for all time.

Anchorage School District. (2000-2008). February 16 is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. November 22, 2008. ASD/ Elizabeth Peratrovich/February 2007.

The Anchorage School District has dedicated a day to Elizabeth Peratrovich, in her remembrance on how she fought tooth and nail for anti-discriminate rights bills to be passed. It wasn't until the year of 1988,when a day dedicated to Elizabeth for her courage to speak about her opinion, and stand up against injustice, prejudice, and discrimination. The reason why February the 16th was chosen for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day was because that was the day that the day that the anti-discrimination bill was passed that she had worked so hard for. Elizabeth Peratrovich paved the way for a new light, she help found the Alaskan Native Brotherhood and Alaskan Native Sisterhood. She is such an icon for Alaskan Natives and natives all like, that on February the 16th on channel fourteen they will be two shows aired in the honor of her accomplishments. The first movie is called "Rain Country", and the second movie that is airing is "When My Spirits Raised it's Hands" by Diane Benson. There are also many other Alaskan Natives movies and shows thanks to KYUK and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. This is also little excerpts to give you some insights about the upcoming programs. This is a good, reliable source for information dealing with Alaskan Natives, most definitely.

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