Watch: Sister Roma and Others Recreate Milk’s Famous Hope! Speech

“I am here to recruit you!”

On Monday, I wrote about my attendance at a Harvey Milk event in San Francisco’s Castro District. Today, I discovered this terrific video of participants reading a re-enactment of Harvey Milk’s famous Hope Speech to celebrate Harvey Milk Day, 2013.

To mark what would have been Harvey Milk’s 83rd birthday, San Francisco city officials organized a reenactment of his famous “You’ve Got To Have Hope” speech on Sunday, May 19, 2013. Milk gave the speech on June 24, 1977 at the San Francisco Gay Community Center at the campaign kick-off to announce his third bid for supervisor. Five people helped recite a portion of the speech, including:

Courtney Walsh and Aaron Wimmer, two actors from Dear Harvey, the recent New Conservatory Theater play about Milk’s life
Randall Mann, local poet and winner of the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry
Sister Roma, 20-year member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Andrea Shorter, lesbian political consultant who serves on the city’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Music: “Only Hope” by Yuri Sazonoff.

Video produced by Sean Chapin

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