by David Aretha
Morgan Reynolds Publishing
In August of 2009, the late Harvey Milk was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. Like the president, Milk had inspired the masses with his message of "hope." In the 1970s, Harvey fought for the have-nots and the left-outs, especially gays and lesbians.
"We have to make up for hundreds of years of persecution," Milk declared in one of his passionate speeches. "We have to give hope to that poor runaway kid from San Antonio... They need hope!"
No Compromise: The Story of Harvey Milk explores the life and legacy of the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. His crusade for gay rights generated as much animosity as adulation, and in 1978 he was assassinated by his rival on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Harvey Milk, whom Time magazine hailed as one of the most important people of the 20th century, helped to create laws and politics in America. Decades after his death, he continues to enter the consciousness of new generations, as gay and lesbian Americans intensify their fight for equal rights.