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By Dan Rudy 

School takes time to remember civil rights leader


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

From left to right, IEA program director Lu Knapp stands with longtime predecessor Christie Jenkins, Sue Stevens and Tommy Rooney, during Tuesday's commemoration of Elizabeth Peratrovich Day at the high school commons.

Nationally, the country sets aside February to remember the civil rights advances won for African Americans by such leaders as Martin Luther King Jr.

Other marginalized groups struggled for equality as well, and their efforts are likewise remembered. To that end, students at Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School were invited Tuesday to remember one of the champions of equal rights for Native Alaskans.

Elizabeth Peratrovich was a Tlingit activist who pushed for passage of the Alaska Civil Rights Act of 1945. The day the anti-discrimination act was signed into law, February 16, was s...

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