(Pictured: Sean Penn as politician Harvey Milk during a protest against the Briggs Initiative. Photo courtesy of IMDB.)
By: Gayla Collier, Staff Writer
Volunteer State Community College had a screening for the movie “Milk” on April 12. It was shown at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives showed the movie for LGBT Awareness month.
“Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk’s Career from his 40th birthday to his death,” according to IMDB’s website.
In the film, Milk organizes gays’ purchasing power to build political alliances.
“I thought it was interesting that they dramatized some of the things that happened to appeal to a broader audience,” said Braxton Dawson, a Vol State student.
“Dramatization is a good way to get the message out, especially with a movie that has history in it,” said Devon Suarez, a Vol State student.
“This was my first time seeing this film. It was interesting to see a need for civil rights outside of an ethnic standpoint,” said Kenny Yarbrough, Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives.
LGBT Awareness month is not until June, but the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives wanted to screen the movie in advance because school is not in session in June.