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.
|Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Mural|
Harvey Milk’s legacy continues on in many ways. One example is a school called the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco. It is a small alternative school in the Castro. The school’s mission is to empower student learning by teaching tolerance and non-violence, celebrating our diversity, achieving academic excellence and fostering strong family-school-community connections. The original campus housed Douglass Elementary school until the early 1950’s. On June 25, 1996, San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education voted to rename Douglass School to Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.