The new generation of young readers will have the opportunity to become well acquainted with the life and legacy of Harvey Milk in an upcoming 40-page picture book.
Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno, will touch on Milk’s childhood years in New York, him becoming the first openly gay elected public official in California in 1977, and his assassination in 1978; but most importantly, it will highlight the activist’s friendship with designer Gilbert Baker, a friendship that birthed the most powerful contribution to the LGBTQ+ community and its movement - the rainbow flag.
Sanders told HuffPost that he got the idea for the book on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, “It seemed like the country - even the world - was washed in the colors of the rainbow that night.” He also admitted, as an elementary school teacher, that “the history of the Pride flag and its importance to our community was one kids needed to read about and celebrate.”
Pride won’t hit your nearest bookstore shelves until April 10, 2018, but Harvey Milk’s nephew, Stuart, the current President of the Harvey Milk Foundation, has already given it high praises as he believes it “will inspire the next generation of hope givers, our world’s youth.”
You can either anxiously twiddle your thumbs until April 10th or pre-order your copy by clicking here, but in the meantime, check out some exclusive images from the book below, courtesy of HuffPost: