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Elizabeth Peratrovich (1911)close

Elizabeth Peratrovich was a Tlingit native leader who fought for equal rights for natives in Alaska. She spoke to the territorial legislature in 1945 in favor of the bill that outlawed discrimination against natives, beginning a new era in race relations in Alaska. This Anti-Discrimination Act was the first of its kind in the United States, and was passed 20 years before the US Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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