Anne Kronenberg

Anne Kronenberg was a typist in her early 20s when Harvey Milk asked her to manage his 1977 campaign for San Francisco supervisor. And over the months Kronenberg worked as campaign manager and then aide to the larger-than-life Milk – the first openly gay man elected to political office in the United States – he became a political mentor, father figure and friend whose passion for equality left a lasting mark on society.

“That’s what he gave his life for. He truly, truly was a martyr for the cause,” Kronenberg said during Alameda’s Fourth Annual Harvey Milk Day celebration, which was held Monday at Encinal High School.