Harvey Milk by Julie Warren

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Artist: Julie Warren, San Diego, California

12” x 16” Digital Archival Print on Canvas, framed

$250
 

Harvey Milk (1930 – 1978)
Civil Rights Activist and Politician

Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He was the first openly gay man elected to public office in California at a time when there were only a handful of gays elected anywhere in the country. In the summer of 1977, Milk crisscrossed the state campaigning against the Briggs Initiative which would have made firing lesbian and gay teachers -- and any public school employees who supported their rights -- mandatory. This was while Anita Bryant was successfully heading a nationwide fight to keep homosexuals from gaining full civil rights. The Briggs Initiative lost by over a million votes and helped to ignite gay rights activism across the US.

Supervisor Milk also fought for larger and less expensive childcare facilities, free public transportation and better public safety. He believed government should solve people’s basic problems and used his charisma, energy and political skill to advance many civic causes important to the entire community.

On November 27, 1978, former Supervisor Dan White assassinated Mayor Mascone and Harvey Milk in San Francisco City Hall. Milk was 48 years old. Civil rights activist Cleve Jones said of him: "His murder and the response to it made permanent and unquestionable the full participation of gay and lesbian people in the political process."


Artist: Julie Warren, San Diego, California

12” x 16” Digital Archival Print on Canvas, framed

$250