Former ANB president Nels Lawson talks about the legacy of Elizabeth Peratrovich to student reporters Rose Pellet and Melissa Gibson. (Emily KCAW/KCAW photo)

Monday (2-16-15) was a state holiday in honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich, the civil rights activist whose testimony helped pass the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

Elizabeth attended Sheldon Jackson School as a teenager in Sitka and on Monday — not far from campus — a parade marched from Crescent Harbor Shelter to ANB Hall in her honor.

As part of Discover Your Potential Week at Blatchley Middle School, students in the radio class interviewed marchers at the starting line.

Downloadable audio.

Parade Lineup (Slideshow)

This audio postcard was recorded by Abigail Fitzgibbon, Lucas Ethridge, Allen Madigan, Kendall Shamblin, Rose Pellet, and Melissa Gibson and produced by Emily Kwong. 


Blatchley reporters are mid-way through a radio class, taught by KCAW. From L to R: Abigail Fitzgibbon, Kendall Shamblin, Allen Madigan, Rose Pellet, Melissa Gibson, and Lucas Ethridge. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)