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COMMENTARY: Continuing his legacy, continuing the work

As we draw closer to the seventh annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, I’m grateful for the opportunity to take a moment to remember him and to draw continued inspiration from his life and work.

We are fortunate in San Diego to be home to one of the largest Harvey Milk celebrations in the country.

This year, attendees will be able to hear from two individuals who knew Harvey personally — Nicole Murray Ramirez, one of the co-founders of the event, and Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church and one of this year’s Harvey Milk Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Phill Wilson, founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, will also be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

With events like the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, the feature film “Milk,” the successful U.S. stamp campaign and the work of the Milk Foundation, multiple generations have now been able to hear the stories of Harvey Milk and his legacy continues to grow.

One of Harvey’s most famous speeches is the “You gotta give ’em hope” speech. Nearly four decades after his life was cut short, he is still giving us hope.

Read the full commentary on SDGLN media partner Gay San Diego HERE.