Vigil for Milk, Moscone on Friday night

Friday marked the 31st anniversary of the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

A ceremony and candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of the two civil leaders at 6 p.m. Friday night at the Castro Muni stop, just yards away from where Milk lived up until he was killed. The annual ceremony will be hosted by the Harvey Milk Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club.

Milk, who was the first openly gay person elected to a county board of supervisors, and Moscone were shot the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1978 by disgruntled former supervisor Dan White. The incident received national attention at the time, and was resurrected in national consciousness last year with the film biopic “Milk,” featuring Sean Penn as Milk.

Rafael Mandelman, president of the Milk Club, said several friends and colleagues of the two men will attend the vigil tonight, including Harry Britt, who worked with Milk before he was assassinated, Carol Ruth Silver, who was a supervisor at the time, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, and Milk’s nephew Stewart Milk.

After the ceremony, those gathered will march through the Castro to the film shop that Milk owned, he said. He said the club continues to mark the anniversary of Milk and Moscone’s death “to mark the progress of LGBT rights and all the other social justice struggles each year.”

“Milk had a quote – ‘If a bullet should kill me, let it shatter every closet door,’” Mandelman said. “Well, we are shattering closet doors.”

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsSan FranciscoUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Breed declares local emergency to counter threat of coronavirus

City officials warn against discrimination while they prepare for the possibility of an outbreak.

Tumlin apologizes after Muni subway suffers five breakdowns in three hours

Agency working on fixes for aging train control system and cars

SF approves facility for homeless youth in Lower Nob Hill

Approval of navigation center latest expansion in city portfolio of shelter beds

Man suing SFPD alleging officers beat him with batons

Cop attorney fires back: police were ‘interrupting a dangerous domestic violence incident’

Driver arrested after vehicle strikes 2 pedestrians in Haight Ashbury

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide for… Continue reading

Most Read