A true story for young teens on Alaska Civil Right hero Elizabeth Peratrovich Fighter In Velvet Gloves Study Guide with worksheets, activities, and reflections for grades 6-12.
"Alaskans of all ages, Native and non-Native, stood shoulder to shoulder, some on chairs. It was only the second time in the history of America that a bill to end discrimination had come up for an official vote, and the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 was still two decades away. Mom looked first to the gallery, then to the legislators behind their wooden desks. When she was confident she had everyone’s attention, she began to speak. This is the story of how my mother came to give a speech that helped Alaska lead all of America in the battle for civil rights." — From Roy Peratrovich Jr.’s Introduction to Fighter in Velvet Gloves