Harvey Milk by Jay Wong

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Harvey Milk by Jay Wong

  1. 1. Harvey MilkLeadership Biography
  2. 2. Milk’s EarlyLife  Born in 1930 to immigrantparents Served in Navy1950-53 forKorean War Lived in New York during hisearly life after returning fromKorean War Early career in teaching andfinance His own parents and relativesdid not know he was gay Almost married a lesbian sothey could “have a front”and not be in each other’swayFor much of his young adult life, Milk chose to keep hisdomains very separate from each other
  3. 3. Milk’s Move into Politics Moves to San Francisco in 1972, opens Castro Camera Quickly became “Mayor of Castro Street” 1973 – Less than a year after moving, runs for San FranciscoSupervisor in 1973, placed tenth 1974 – Runs again, loses by 4,000 votes 1977 – After implementing District elections, wins! Nov. 1978 – Assassinated by Dan White, 9 months afterbeing inaugurated White acquitted of murder via “twinkie defense” – ate somuch junk food that he was temporarily insane1972-1978“If a bullet should entermy brain, let it destroyevery closet door”- Harvey Milk
  4. 4. Milk’s Key AccomplishmentsAligning Milk’s CoreValues to his Actions:• Respect for universalhuman rights• Equality• Collaboration• Empathy• Perserverance• Sponsored country’s most stringent andencompassing bill outlawing sexual orientationdiscrimination• Defeated Briggs Initiative, which mandatedfiring of gay teachers in California publicschools• “Pooper Scooper law” – required dog ownersto scoop pets’ feces• Increased number of LGBT police officers• Began programs benefitting workers,minorities, and elderly
  5. 5. Milk’s Four-Way WinsBefore Politics After PoliticsHomeWorkCommunityBy entering Politics, Milk’s work had direct relevance andimpact on all four domains of his lifeSelf Real  Whole  Innovative
  6. 6. Lessons LearnedPassionto pursue whatyou believe inCourageto maintain yourcore values,despite otherswho mightdisagree andreact withhostilityCommitment andResilienceto keep tryingdespite obstaclesand failuresSignificant and immediate impact on his community, his work,and his home and self
  7. 7. “If I turned around every time somebody called me afaggot, Id be walking backward - and I dont want towalk backward.” Harvey Milk, 1977Harvey Milk and George Moscone, Mayor of San FranciscoBoth assassinated Nov. 27, 1978

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