A Letter to Harvey Milk

Resource Kit by
Sara Barber-Just

Module Content

Introduction

Introduction                               

“A Letter To Harvey Milk” is the powerful, titular story in a short story collection by Lesléa Newman that touches upon queer identity, Jewish identity, and “the intersection and collision between the two” (lesleanewman.com). Narrator and Jewish senior citizen Harry Weinberg has signed up for a writing class to “pass the time,” but finds himself troubled by the flood of painful memories that bubble to the surface when he begins the process, including those of his friendship with gay rights activist Harvey Milk, his marriage to his late wife Fanny, and his recollections of the Holocaust. This kit presents resources to help teachers explore the life and death of Harvey Milk and to discuss cultural, religious, and sexual identity in the context of the story.