Fighter in Velvet Gloves
"No Natives or Dogs Allowed' blared the storefront sign at the young Tlingit Indian girl. The sting of those words would stay with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. Years later, a seasoned fighter for equality, she would deliver her own eloquent message. One that helped change Alaska and the nation forever. Written in collaboration with Elizabeth's eldest son, Roy Peratrovich Jr., Fighter in Velvet Gloves brings to life for readers, age ten through young adult, the story of an inspirational Alaskan and American hero"-
Annie Boochever grew up in Juneau, where she became a teacher and playwright. She is the cofounder of the Alaska Children's Theater. Boochever is also the author of Bristol Bay Summer. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Roy Peratrovich Jr. is a Tlingit from southeastern Alaska, where his parents were well-known Alaska Native civil rights leaders.
Best Books of 2019--Winner "American Indians in Children's Literature"
"With a rousing speech to the Alaskan Territorial Legislature in 1945, Elizabeth Peratrovich became a Tlingit hero, inspiring the passage of an anti-discrimination bill. In straightforward prose enhanced by photographs, Boochever outlines the history of Peratrovich's fight for equality in Alaska at a time when harsh discrimination affected every area of Native peoples' lives."-- "Kirkus"
"An important contribution. . . . This is a book that should be placed in the required curriculum of all Alaska schoolchildren. More importantly, it's one that should be read by adults. Anyone who peruses online comments on Alaska news sites or who follows state news stories knows that racism is still being directed towards Alaska Natives. The problem persists and Elizabeth Peratrovich's work remains incomplete. It's up to us to continue the job. Fighter in Velvet Gloves explains why."-- "Anchorage Daily News"
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