In honor of Harvey Milk Day - May 22nd
Harvey Milk was born on May 22, 1930. He was the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in the US, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Sadly, Harvey Milk and the San Francisco mayor, George Moscone, were shot and killed by Dan White, a disgruntled former supervisor, at city hall in November 1978.
Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Following that honor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as governor of California, signed a law setting aside May 22nd as Harvey Milk day in California. May 22nd coincided with Milk's birthday. Milk is only the second Californian, after naturalist John Muir, to receive the honor.
While it will not be a state holiday, schools will be encouraged to hold lessons "remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments and familiarizing pupils with the contributions he made to this state".
This video features a wonderful speech known as The Hope speech that he made after being elected into office in 1977.
|Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Mural|