Creator Spotlight - Rob Sanders
We talked to Rob Sanders about his books Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag and Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.
With most of my books, I’m hard-pressed to remember when the inspiration hit, but with Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag my experience was totally different. I remember the exact moment the inspiration struck. It was the evening of June 26, 2015. The SCOTUS marriage equality decision had been announced that day. I sat home watching the news, awestruck by the events of the day. Then, as cameras rolled in Washington, D.C. and dusk settled in, the White House suddenly was washed in the colors of the Rainbow Flag. At that moment, I realized that while most of my students had probably seen a Pride Flag, none knew what it represented, who inspired it, or who designed it. I decided then and there to write that story. I had the first draft written before the sun came up.
During my research for Pride, I discovered that the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising was coming in 2019. I knew that was a part of history kids needed to know, too. While working on that manuscript I realized that I was ten years old the night that history-changing protest began, but I never heard about it until I was an adult. Think about it—when I was ten years old, people more than a thousand miles away from my home were fighting for the rights I didn’t know I needed yet. If that doesn’t inspire you to write, nothing ever will! That experience led to Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.