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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

Elizabeth Peratrovich, above, was instrumental in passing the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. The first Elizabeth Peratrovich Day was observed Feb. 16, 1989, and is one of the ways her work is remembered.
courtesy of the Alaska State Library Photograph Collection
Elizabeth Peratrovich, above, was instrumental in passing the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. The first Elizabeth Peratrovich Day was observed Feb. 16, 1989, and is one of the ways her work is remembered.
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