When Harvey Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, he became one of the first openly gay public officials in the country. Milk would go on to champion the rights of homosexuals in several high-profile campaigns, including defeat of Proposition 6 (the Briggs Initiative) which would have banned gays and lesbians from working in California public schools. In 1978 Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former City Supervisor Dan White.
UC Press has recently released a new Harvey Milk collection, consisting of "his speeches, columns, editorials, political campaign materials, open letters, and press releases, culled from public archives, newspapers, and personal collections."
The volume was edited by Jason Edward Black, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Charles E. Morris III is Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University.
An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk's Speeches and Writings
by Harvey Milk, edited by Jason Edward Black and Charles E. Morris III
University of California Press
paperback, 280 pages, $34.95
hardcover, 280 pages, $70.00