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Community Book Club
October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Seward Community Library Meeting Room (upstairs)
Book: Fighter in Velvet Gloves
Fighter in Velvet Gloves is a true story about Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
written by Annie Boochever with Roy Peratrovich, Jr.
Join us to participate in a book discussion- you are not required to have finished the book to attend! All are welcome!
Here’s a link to more info about the book :
From the Book Jacket:
Meet the Brave Tlingit Woman that Changed Alaska Forever
“No Natives Allowed!” The sign blared at the young Tlingit girl from southeast Alaska. The sting of those words stayed with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. They also made her determined to work for change.
In 1945, when Elizabeth was 34 years old, she gave a powerful speech before a packed session of the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Her testimony about the evils of racism crowned years of work by Alaska Native people and their allies and led to passage of Alaska’s landmark Anti-Discrimination Act, nearly two decades before President Lyndon Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Today, Alaskans honor Elizabeth Peratrovich (1914-1958) every year on February 16 “for her courageous, unceasing efforts to eliminate discrimination and bring about equal rights in Alaska.” (Alaska Statutes 44.12.065)