A decade before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus, Elizabeth Peratrovich and her husband were demanding equal rights for Alaska Natives. At the time Alaska Natives were lawfully excluded from theaters, hotels, restaurants and neighborhoods. Peratrovich made a famous speech in a territorial Senate hearing that spurred momentum to end discrimination against Alaska Natives. We’ll learn more about her story, her legacy, and the fight for civil rights in Alaska. Every year, the state sets aside a day to remember Peratrovich’s contributions.
Kacey Qunmiġu Hopson (Iñupiaq) – Indigenous knowledge advocate for the First Alaskans Institute
Annie Boochever – author of Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
Janice Jackson (Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida) – former grand camp president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood
Rosita Worl (Tlingit) – president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute
Break 1 Music: Gunalchéesh (song) Khu.éex’ (artist) They Forgot They Survived (album)
Break 2 Music: Tarvautnauramken (Traditional Blessing Song) (song) I Sing, You Dance (artist) I Am Yup’ik (album)