900 South Renamed for LGBTQ Civil Rights Leader Harvey Milk

28 June 2016 Published in Newsroom

Equality Utah sponsors community celebration in honor of newly renamed street

In honor of civil rights leader and LGBTQ icon Harvey Milk, 900 South in Salt Lake City will be named Harvey Milk Boulevard. Equality Utah is sponsoring an outdoor community event to celebrate this historic occasion and dedicate the street.

WHAT:  Harvey Milk Boulevard dedication and community celebration, including entertainment, music, food trucks and street vendors 

Harvey Milk Boulevard will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, NAACP SLC Chapter President Jeanetta Williams, Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams, Forrest Crawford, Longtime Civil Rights Advocate and Weber State Professor, Archie Archuleta, Board of the Utah Coalition of La Raza. SLC's first openly gay council member Stan Penfold will emcee. 

Tyler Glenn will perform two musical numbers.

WHERE:  9th and 9th District in Salt Lake City 

(900 South between 800 and 900 East)

WHO: Equality Utah and hundreds of community members

Harvey Milk has become a true icon for the LGBTQ community. As the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, Milkset the standard for coalition building and collaborative leadership that has inspired the entire nation. 

Milk was assassinated in 1978, but his belief in a world where everyone has civil rights and his legacy as a pioneering community leader has endured. In 2009, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. 

“We believe that Harvey’s name on a prominent downtown street will be a beacon of hope to all Utahns,” says Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah. “We want to send a message to LGBTQ youth and every marginalized teen that they are loved, they have value and they, like Harvey, can change the world.”

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