Harvey Milk Honored with a USPS Forever Stamp

Join the Dedication Ceremony in San Francisco on May 28

Harvey Milk would have been 84 years old this year and the United States Postal Service is honoring his legacy with a stamp that was issued this month on his birthday.

“Let this stamp remind us of the fundamental truth behind Mr. Milk’s message — that we all have a stake in equality,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman in dedicating the stamp. “Let this stamp inspire a new generation to continue Harvey Milk’s legacy — to keep working toward a world where prejudice gives way to acceptance, where division gives way to unity, and where fear gives way to hope.”

The White House also took part in issuing of the stamp with a formal dedication that was attended by guests including Harvey Milk Foundation Founder/President and Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk; U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power; House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Rep. John Lewis (D-GA);  Campbell, CA, City Councilmember Evan Low; Harvey Milk Foundation Co-Founder  Anne Kronenberg; Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute President and CEO Chuck Wolfe, and singer-songwriter Mary Lambert.

Harvey Milk Stamp“The dreams uncle Harvey shared with me — for a world based not simply on tolerance, but on inclusion, not simply on an allowance for differences, but on the celebration of humanity’s diversity, are dreams for which he made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Milk.

Available in sheets of 20 stamps, the stamp image is based on a 1977 black and white photograph of Milk in front of his Castro street camera store.

The public is invited to attend the Harvey Milk Forever Stamp special dedication ceremony in the rotunda at San Francisco City Hall on May 28th at 3:30pm. Members of Milk’s family are expected to attend.

In 2009, President Obama posthumously awarded Harvey Milk with the Medal of Freedomfor his courage, exceptional leadership, and dedication to human rights.

Take a look at the Harvey Milk Legacy