Google has replaced the logo on their homepage with a doodle honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich, an Alaskan Indigenous and civil rights activist responsible for passing the first anti-discrimination bill in the United States.
Elizabeth Peratrovich was born in Petersburg, Alaska, on July 4, 1911. Tingit was named Coxgal. Peretrovich was orphaned at a young age and later faced a childhood that he adopted. One of his passion in his early life was the pursuit of studies, which continued through college.
Unfortunately the hardships of her life continued into her youth, as both Elizabeth Peratrovich and her husband Roy discriminated because they were indigenous to Alaskan, struggling to secure housing and even find the business they were looking for. As a serious example, the family was confronted with a sign saying “a native is not allowed”.
On this day in 1941, Elizabeth Peratrovich appealed to the governor with a letter of support for Native Alaskan. The Alaskan government rejected an early version of an anti-discrimination bill written by Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich.
In 1945, the Alaskan government tried to pass a second anti-discrimination bill after years of continuous efforts. Before the vote, Elizabeth Peratrovich was able to deliver an emotionally charged speech that was a credit to Bill’s victory on this day. The bill helped more than just Alaskan natives, but “provides full and equal housing, amenities and amenities to all citizens in public places of residence.”
In recent memory, even Peretrovich is celebrated for the first time. Today’s Google Doodle for Native Alaska celebrates Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on February 1 each year in honor of his great work in improving Alaska, the bill was originally passed on the same date. Additionally, the U.S. Treasury issued a new $ 1 coin earlier this year that showed Pereratovich on the opposite side.
In a Q&A session on the Google Doodle blog, guest artist and collaborating thriller Michelle Gowade points out the inspiration behind some subtle descriptions of the Elizabeth Peratrovich doodle. Gode also shared a few basic alternative designs for doodles.
I got quite a bit of inspiration from different sources for this doodle. While drawing Elizabeth, I was particularly inspired by her famous testimony in the 1948 Alaska Territorial Legislature. I wanted to show him acting while he was giving his powerful speech. Furthermore, Elizabeth was of the Luaxes.ed lineage (a Raven Mutti), so I knew I wanted to include Raven and incorporate elements of the traditional thematic formline into her design. In the stories of Tlingit’s creation, Raven was the one who brought daylight to the earth. In the doodle, Raven holds the sun, which is a reference to this creation story. Similarly, Elizabeth was a beacon of light to the world. Finally, the image of the sea and the trees here is a reference to our traditional endemic homeland of southeastern Alaska.
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