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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

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Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

Written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno

Did you know the Rainbow Flag is a relatively new thing? Its beginnings can be traced back to 1978. Harvey Milk was a gay social activist who had a dream. His dream was that someday everyone would have equality.

In 1977, Harvey became one of the first openly gay people to win a political election. He and his friends organized marches to protest against inequality. A few days before one of those planned marches, Harvey thought that the movement for equality needed some type of symbol, something that could be carried during the march. Harvey went to his friend, artist Gilbert Baker. Gilbert listened to Harvey and decided to make a flag, a flag that would serve as a symbol of hope for anyone and everyone fighting for equal rights. Gilbert designed a flag with eight colorful stripes, a flap that looked much like the colors of the rainbow and it became known as the Rainbow Flag. Harvey and his friends and supporters carried the flag during their protest march.

"This is a well-told story of the Rainbow Flag. The colorful illustrations by Steven Salerno play up the rainbow theme and greatly enhance the text."

Just five months after the march, Harvey and the mayor of San Francisco were assassinated. Thousands of broken-hearted people marches through the streets of San Francisco, carrying candles in honor of the two. But that wasn't the end of the pride flag. Other people made pride flags. The design was changed a bit so that the new flags had only six stripes instead of eight. But the new flags became a symbol of hope.

In 1994, Gilbert made another Rainbow Flag. This one was one mile long. It was carried through the streets of New York City by 5,000 people. It became the world's largest flag. The Rainbow Flag is still a symbol of hope and pride for millions of people around the world.

The author has included some extra pages at the end of the book. One of them is called Biographical Notes, which gives some historical context to the text. There is also a page with a timeline of Harvey Milk's life, as well as a page with the time line for the Rainbow Flag. A list of websites, books and a podcast are also included for those who want to learn more about Harvey Milk, the rainbow flag, and the movement for equality.

This is a well-told story of the Rainbow Flag. The colorful illustrations by Steven Salerno play up the rainbow theme and greatly enhance the text. This is also a story about a man who wanted all people to be created equally. And, this is a story about hope and perseverance. Harvey Milk's legacy lives on in these pages and in the flag he inspired.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on April 24, 2018

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag
Written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Steven Salerno