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NEWS CCW Staff Writer JUNEAU - Monday, Feb. 16 is President's Day. Many people around the United States have the day off from work or school. But Alaskans are celebrating more than just George Washington's Birthday. Feb. 16 is also Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, honoring a woman who was instrumental in passing the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. The Act prescribed penalties for racial discrimination in Alaska long before the Civil Rights movement took place in the rest of the nation. Elizabeth and her husband, Roy, were part of a team of Native Alaskans who fought a long battle with the government for racial equality.

Battle for Brotherhood: Alaskans remember the Peratroviches

Governor Gruening (seated) signs the anti-discrimination act of 1945. Witnessing are (left to right) O. D. Cochran, Elizabeth Peratrovich, Edward Anderson, Norman Walker, and Roy Peratrovich.
Photo By Amy Lou Blood, Courtesy Of The Alaska State Library Alaska Territorial Governors Photograph Collection
Governor Gruening (seated) signs the anti-discrimination act of 1945. Witnessing are (left to right) O. D. Cochran, Elizabeth Peratrovich, Edward Anderson, Norman Walker, and Roy Peratrovich.
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