Elizabeth Peratrovich – Google Doodle honoring American civil rights activist
Today, the search engine has shared an interactive Google Doodle and celebrating this Elizabeth Peratrovich, who was American civil rights activist and member of the Tlingit nation who worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives. In recently, in 2020 the United States Mint released a $1 gold coin inscribed with Elizabeth’s likeness in honor of her historic achievements in the fight for equality.
The Story Behind the Country’s First Anti-Discrimination Law
Full Name:Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich
Elizabeth Jean Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) was an American civil rights activist and member of the Tlingit nation who worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives.
In the 1940s, her advocacy was credited as being instrumental in the passing of Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.
In 1988, the Alaska Legislature established February 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day “for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska” (Alaska Statutes 44.12.065).
March 2019, her obituary was added to The New York Times as part of their “Overlooked No More” series.
Her words inspired change. Her perseverance led to a more equitable future. Today’s #GoogleDoodle honors Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich who helped establish the 1st anti-discrimination law in the U.S.
Her words inspired change. Her perseverance led to a more equitable future. Today we say her name, Elizabeth Peratrovich.
We honor Alaska Native Elizabeth Peratrovich (July 4, 1911 – December 1, 1958) who helped establish the 1st anti-discrimination law in the U.S. in 1945.
“No law 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 help us overcome discrimination.”
-From her speech to the 1945 Alaska Senate during debate of an anti-discrimination bill.
Speak up and stop the discrimination, for that is what this day is all about.
On this Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, we must understand that civil rights are not optional.
the Alaska State Legislature declared February 16 as On this ‘Elizabeth Peratrovich Day 2020-2021’, let every voice count.
Google ‘says’ Thank you, Elizabeth Peratrovich, for helping to build the foundation for a more equitable future.
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