Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
About this event
We invite you to be with us at this essential community event as we celebrate Harvey Milk’s life and legacy. Join community and business leaders and others who support equality and justice for all at this 11th annual celebration of Harvey Milk. 1200 are expected to attend!
In the eleven years the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast has been presented, nearly 2,400 youth and 7,000 adults have been inspired by featured speakers, including civil rights champion Dolores Huerta, Cleve Jones, California State Assemblymember Mark Leno, Judge Vaughn Walker, founder of the National Black Justice Coalition Mandy Carter, and Mayor Annise Parker.
Harvey Milk Day presents an opportunity to educate our youth about an extraordinary leader whose courageous work to ending discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today that benefit all Californians. Funds raised support Coachella Valley LGBTQ youth programs.
About Harvey Milk
When he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, Harvey Milk (1930- 1978) became one of the first openly gay men to be elected to political office in the United States. On election night, Harvey Milk reminded his supporters: “This is not my victory – it’s yours. If a gay man can win, it proves that there is hope for all minorities who are willing to fight.” He was assassinated (along with Mayor George Moscone) on November 27, 1978, only eleven months after taking office. Although he did not live to see his dreams fulfilled, the example of his life and leadership has made him an important national symbol for the struggle for human rights.
We invite you, civic, interfaith, diversity, and social justice leaders, to be with us and join equality movements around the globe to celebrate the life story, message, and legacy of Harvey Milk. Together we will showcase the diversity of our community, honor Harvey Milk’s memory, and celebrate his message of hope, civic-mindedness, and community.