This week I’m celebrating Harvey Milk.
But, first of all, it may seem that I’ve been writing a lot about gay issues and I don’t mean to. I don’t want to come off as pushing my beliefs on others or that it’s all I talk about. At the same time, it’s such a huge part of my life and I’m learning so much and inspiring me to be OK with who I am. I don’t even know why I felt I need to write this pseudo-apology considering Readers are open-minded and understand the need for diversity.
Surprisingly enough, I didn’t even know anything about Harvey Milk until recently. It’s probably because history hasn’t ever been my strong suit. Yet history has a way of repeating itself if we don’t learn from past mistakes. It was during my LGBT Book Drive that his name would keep coming up.
During my trip to San Francisco, I visited a library that was renamed in his honor.
And, it was Harvey Milk Day last week- celebrated on his birthday, May 22nd. I was able to read a wonderful nonfiction picture book biography of his life.
The Harvey Milk Story by Kari Krakow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read this picture book on Harvey Milk Day- May 22nd. This was a great introduction to an inspirational man who overcame his fear to be who he was to fight for equality not just for the LGBT community but for everyone.
I also ended up watching two great films about him. One was Gus Van Sant’s 2008 film, Milk. Powerful and moving, this was an amazing production. The second was the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, which is an absolute must-watch. It’s such an important account of not just Harvey Milk, who fought for gay and civil rights, but everyone who stood by him and supported equality and fairness in the lives of everyone.
My Audio/Video Pick of the Week is this text-video excerpt of his “Hope” speech.
What are you celebrating this week?