Thirty years ago today, San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was murdered. He was killed for being an uppity fag by a former colleague who found his theatrical presence in the legislative body an offense against the natural order.
Harvey fought his way into public office against the wishes of an entrenched Democratic establishment by building a progressive coalition that brought together unlikely partners including Teamsters, firefighters and an emergent gay community. Above all, he overcame divisions by making himself a messenger for hope.
I was reminded of this speech when reading a recent New York Times article by Ron Susskind about Barack Obama's decision to jump into the Presidential contest.