Harvey Milk Day at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy

About the Event...

On May 21, 2011, ABC volunteers celebrated Harvey Milk Day by helping students and parents put on a fantastic pancake breakfast and outdoor fair to raise money for the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, an elementary school in San Francisco dedicated to empowering student learning by teaching tolerance and non-violence, celebrating diversity, achieving academic excellence, and fostering strong family-school-community connections. Volunteers helped prepare and serve the pancake breakfast, sold Harvey Milk T-Shirts and fair tickets and handed out fliers in the Castro to raise money for the school.



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Information about the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy...



The Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy is a small alternative school in the Castro named after its most famous persona: Harvey Milk! The school is committed to developing literacy skills in an enriched environment. Science and math are emphasized in a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum, and the social studies program emphasizes global awareness and student activism. The school library, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education, computers, and music enhance the strong academic program. The academy is a Model Inclusion Program. Educational needs of children are also met by providing services for GATE students, a Resource Specialist Program, a Computer Teacher, Literacy Specialist, Tutors, ELD instruction and extensive Health Resources on site. Children are assigned to “Families” that meet to foster cross-grade activities. The Harvey Milk Academy also has before and after school programs and enrichment clubs.

Find out more about the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy by visiting their website via the link below:


About Harvey Milk (courtesy of Wikipedia.com)...


Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.

Milk moved from New York City to settle in San Francisco in 1972 amid a migration of gay men to the Castro District. He took advantage of the growing political and economic power of the neighborhood to promote his interests, and ran unsuccessfully for political office three times. His theatrical campaigns earned him increasing popularity, and Milk won a seat as a city supervisor in 1977, part of the broader social changes the city was experiencing.

Milk served 11 months in office and was responsible for passing a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back. Milk's election was made possible by and was a key component of a shift in San Francisco politics. The assassinations and the ensuing events were the result of continuing ideological conflicts in the city.

Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and "a martyr for gay rights", according to University of San Francisco professor Peter Novak.[1] In 2002, Milk was called "the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States".[2] Anne Kronenberg, his final campaign manager, wrote of him: "What set Harvey apart from you or me was that he was a visionary. He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it for real, for all of us."[3] Milk was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

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