Celebrating Elizabeth Peratrovich

February 16th is Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, in celebration of an Alaska Native civil rights activist, instrumental in the passage of a landmark anti-discrimination bill in 1945.

On  Tuesday’s Juneau Afternoon, we ask the question:  What made this Tlingit woman the right person, at the right time, to change the course of history?

Diane Benson wrote and performed in a play about that. Now, 20 years later, she reflects on why Peratrovich’s story continues to offer inspiration.



The success of the play led to a film called “For the Rights of All.”  Benson talks about her role in that project that started out on her kitchen table.


Other highlights on this Tuesday’s show:

Google Doodle of Alaska Native civil rights icon Elizabeth Peratrovich by Michaela Goade (Source: Google)
  • The story behind the Elizabeth Peratrovich Google Doodle. Guests: Natalie Benassi, Migrant Education Coordinator, Haines High School. Luke Hedrick, Haines High School graduate, who now works for Google in New York.


  • The Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Paulette Moreno, talks about Elizabeth Peratrovich and the Tlingit tradition of “humble service.”




Rhonda McBride hosted Juneau Afternoon on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3, online at KTOO.org, and repeated at 4:00 p.m. on KRNN 102.7.