Belva Davis hosts this 1-hour special live program taped for KQED on the night of the murders of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone by Supervisor Dan White in San Francisco, on November 27th, 1978. Includes: a report on the funeral service for Mayor George Moscone at San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral; a phone in session with acting Mayor Diane Feinstein and updates about the Dan White murder case; views from inside city hall; Mel Wax (Moscone's press secretary) and Willie Brown making statements to the press; views of the Coroner removing the bodies of Moscone and Milk; Pamela Young reporting on a statement by Dan White's wife and describing the chain of events; William Rukeyser reporting on the transfer of power within city hall; George Dusheck reporting on Dan White's connection to the fire department and the Irish-American community; Fire Chief Andrew Casper stating that White was due to receive a medal for bravery; Rollin Post commenting on the political fallout from this tragedy and possible candidates for mayor; Randy Shilts commenting on Milk and some reactions from the gay community; an interview with Supervisor Carol Ruth Silver at city hall, who talks about her relationship with Harvey Milk and the relationship between Milk and Dan White; Rollin Post reporting on Moscone’s background and career; live coverage of Moscone’s memorial at St. Marys Cathedral: an in-studio discussion with Willie Brown and Mel Wax, which Brown talks about being the last person to see Moscone alive; Rita Williams talking to Carol Ruth Silver about what may have caused White to commit murder; Diane Feinstein talking about when the board will re-convene to elect mayor, via phone link; Willie Brown responding to a question about whether there’s any connection between the Milk/Moscone murders and the Peoples Temple/Jonestown event and the studio panel discussing whether these high-profile murders will deter other people from entering politics. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.
KQED news footage from c1977/8 featuring an interview with Supervisor Harvey Milk, who reflects on San Franicsco's public image and progressive integration of the gay community into all aspects of city life. At one point he jokes that: "If it's a den of sinners, a lot of people like to come here. Our tourist business is going up every year!" He also discusses cultural stereotypes and scapegoats and how society changes over time. Note: there was a technical fault with the camera's audio recording, when Milk is seen chatting informally with the reporter.
KPIX news footage from March 9th 1976 featuring scenes from a press conference by Harvey Milk who has announced he's running for the California State Asembly and is asked to talk about the political establishment in San Francisco. Also includes a press conference by Mayor George Moscone, who told members of his city administration they were not allowed to run a campaign for political office in addition to their current duties. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.
Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician and the first openly gay elected official in California. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a disgruntled fellow city supervisor. White was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter, which was later reduced to five years. Mass uprisings in the gay community, known as the White Night Riots, followed the sentencing. Milk became an icon in San Francisco and in the LGBTQ community and he continues to be honored today.