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On the eve of Long Beach Pride, I am proud to announce that we will soon break ground on the very first park in America to be named after civil rights and LGBT leader Harvey Milk, and the first park in the City of Long Beach to be named after an LGBT person.
Mayor Bob Foster, myself, Stuart Milk of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and the Harvey Milk Promenade Park Committee will join dozens of LGBT community members and leaders at the groundbreaking this Tuesday May 22 at 10:00 am. The new park site is located at 3rd Street and The Promenade, and you are invited to join us.
The groundbreaking date coincides with what would have been Milk's 82nd birthday, and in honor of that occasion, birthday cake will also be served. The park will also include Equality Plaza, and 9 members of the local LGBT community will be inducted and honored at the ground breaking. The honorees are:
- Bob Crow - Co-Founder, Current Co-President, LB PRIDE
- Ray Lowen – Founding member of The Center, activist and artist
- Patty Moore – Former Chair and Asst. Director, The Center; longtime activist
- Michael Noll – First openly gay Signal Hill Councilmember; 20 years on Council; The Center Board
- Frank Rubio – Former President, Current Vice-President, LB PRIDE
- Ellen Ward – Signal Hill Councilmember 11 years; Former Exec Director AIDS WALK
I am so proud that we are honoring the incredible work of civil rights leader Harvey Milk. This park will not only celebrate Harvey's historic contributions to equality, but honor the great work of our local LGBT community.
- Pastor Michael Cole – Founder, Christ's Chapel Long Beach; Founder, AIDS Food Store
- Ellen "Mary" Martinez – 25 year member of LB PRIDE; Board Member, The Center
- Jean Harris – Former Executive Director, CA Alliance for Pride and Equality; political leader
The historic park will include areas to sit, a memorial to Milk, including a replica of his famous soapbox, and dedicated space to learn about Harvey and his legacy to civil rights.
I'm proud that we are honoring so many people who fought for equality. I hope you can join me on this special day for not only Harvey's legacy, but for Long Beach.
For more information about the event and the park, you can contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (562) 570-6919.
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