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Navy Ship Named After LGBTQ Leader Harvey Milk

The U.S. Navy has named a supply ship in honor of gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Milk served in the Navy during the Korean war, but he was dishonorably discharged because of his sexuality. Listen to hear the message that the Navy hopes to send by honoring Milk in this way, and learn why Milk’s nephew chose not to reverse his uncle’s dishonorable discharge.

Note: The USNS Harvey Milk is one of several new oilers named after civic and human rights activists. That ship will sail alongside ships named after other activists - Sojourner Truth, Representative John Lewis and Lucy Stone.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

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  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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