The Jepson School of Leadership Studies hosts Cleve Jones tonight at 8 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Center at the University of Richmond. The program is part of the school’s Kaleidosocope series which focuses on the challenges of leading in a diverse society.
Jones began his activism career in San Francisco in the 1970s where he befriended gay rights leader Harvey Milk. Jones is the founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the world’s largest community art project commemorating AIDS victims. Since constructing the first panel of the quilt in 1987, the memorial has honored the over 85,000 Americans killed by AIDS.
Jones continues his political activism as an organizer for UNITE HERE, the international union representing textile, hotel, casino and restaurant workers. He fights for fair access to health care, safe working conditions and human rights. He is also an activist for the campaign “Sleep with the Right People” which aims to inform LGBT tourists and event planners to utilize hotels that respect their worker’s rights. Jones is a tremendous influence in the fight for the rights and protection of the LGBT community.
Earlier this month, the Secretary of the Navy’s office announced that the Navy would name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk, after the late San Francisco politician and gay rights activist, according to USNI News. Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served on a submarine rescue ship as a diving officer [...]