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Photos from: Alaska's "Rosa Parks": Alberta Schenck (1928-2009)

K.B. Schaller

Along with Alberta's courage and the crucial testimony of Elizabeth Peratrovich, such statements helped to stir the collective conscience and contributed to the passage of the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Bill, which penalized racial discrimination in Alaska long before the Civil Rights movement took place in the rest of the nation. In 1955 when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white patron and sparked a bus boycott in Alabama, Alberta Schenck was belatedly honored as "the Rosa Parks" of her people for her courageous fight for equal rights. In 2011, Alberta Daisy Schenck was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame.

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