Omaha-Council Bluffs GLBT Pride announces Harvey Milk Candlelight Vigil
Heartland Pride honors the memory of and perpetuates the spirit of Harvey Milk by naming this year’s candle light vigil in his honor. Harvey Milk’s dream for a better tomorrow filled with the hope for equality and a world without hate.
This year’s Harvey Milk Candle Light Vigil will be one of remembrance, celebration and rally. The back drop for the event will be the “Bridge to Equality” Bob Kerrey Footbridge located on the Omaha Riverfront as part of the Lewis and Clark Landing and takes place at 7:00PM. The evening will include participation from various faith based organizations, political organizations and various members of the CommUNITY.
According to the Milk Foundation, Harvey Milk’s ground breaking election in 1978 as one of the world’s first openly gay elected officials-and its most visible one- symbolized the freedom to live life with authenticity to millions of LGBT women and men around the world.
Harvey served less than a year in public office before his brutal assassination but his life profoundly changed a city, state, nation and a global community. His courage, passion and sense of justice rocked a country and stirred the very core of a put down and pushed out community, bringing forward new hope and a new vision of freedom.
Harvey’s inspiring life has been the subject and inspiration for Academy award wining films (1984 The Times of Harvey Milk and 2009 Milk), operas, and books including children’s books, plays, music, awards, proclamations and starting in 2010, an annual official governmental day of recognition.
Harvey showed us all what one person, standing up loudly and clearly, against a fierce societal fear and prejudice can accomplish. He created a rich and vivid message of hope and an enduring dream, teaching us how to create our own and leaving them for us to realize.