On Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, we honor all of Alaska's human rights champions
As we celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day today (Feb. 16), all Alaskans can be proud that Alaska was the first state in the country to pass a comprehensive anti-discrimination bill. A few states had statutes that addressed discrimination but nothing like Alaska’s bill. It took great effort by many people to make this history, but none were more dedicated than Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich.
From Alaska’s transfer from Russian to American control in 1867 to the bill’s hearing in 1945, Alaska had already had its full share of racial injustice and inequality. Death penalty statistics revealed... read more