November 27th, 1978: Today Marks 35 Years Since Harvey Milk Was Assassinated
Harvey Milk and George Muscone were assassinated 35 years ago today. We’ve seen the film. We’ve marched. We’ve celebrated. Tonight, the LGBT community (and more, I expect) will take a moment to remember Milk’s legacy here in San Francisco with several important events.
This afternoon, a public remembrance will be held at the steps of City Hall at 4:30 p.m. followed by a march to the plaza at Market and Castro streets named for Milk.
The Harvey Milk Foundation is holding a vigil on the Polk Street steps, with family and friends of Milk and Moscone speaking about the two men who were fatally shot by a disgruntled former city supervisor, Dan White, on Nov. 27, 1978.
As part of an annual tradition, Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk’s nephew, along with other family members and elected officials and members of the LGBT community, will reflect on the assassinated city leaders’ legacies, Harvey Milk Foundation spokeswoman Maggie Weiland said.
The Gay Men’s Chorus will perform on the steps before a candlelight march proceeds to Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro.
Once in the Castro, the march will combine with a second memorial event at 7 p.m. spearheaded by community activist Cleve Jones, who worked with Milk in the fight for LGBT civil rights, and organizers from San Francisco’s AIDS Housing Alliance. You can join that event here.
Of course, for all of you outside of the Bay Area, take a moment over your turkey and giving thanks to give a silent nod to the trail blazed by Milk that started the path to where we are today.