Long Beach Public Library Foundation

Censorship in Literature & Art Virtual Event

The Long Beach Public Library Foundation invites you to join us in our 25th anniversary year for a live virtual presentation about censorship by celebrated lecturer Gregorio Luke with opening remarks by Glenda Williams, Director of Library Services. In 1962, The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis was challenged at the Long Beach Public Library. City Librarian Blanche Collins spoke before the City Council about the importance of not censoring the Library’s collection. Literacy supporters joined her at this meeting and the book was not removed from shelves. This inspired the formation of the Friends of the Long Beach Public Library soon afterward.

This presentation will explore the history of censorship in art and literature in honor of the memory of Blanche Collins. It will include graphic images that may not be suitable for children.
May 27 at 6:00 p.m.
A donation of $25 or more per household grants you access to the event.

Artwork: ¡Libertad de Expresión! by Adolfo Mexiac

About Gregorio Luke: Gregorio Luke is an internationally known art expert and speaker. He has presented thousands of lectures at museums and universities throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, China, and South America, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, Harvard and Columbia universities, and the Florence Biennale. Luke is the creator of Murals Under the Stars, an outdoor larger-than-life encounter with the great murals of the world.  Elena Poniatowska, Grand Dame of Mexican literature says: “Gregorio gives the most extraordinary lectures that can be seen on earth…” For Agustn Gurza of the LA TIMES: “Luke speaks as if he’s seen a vision. His listeners can’t help but see it too”

Mr. Luke has served as First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C, Cultural Attaché of the Consulate of Mexico in Los Angeles and Director of the Museum of Latin American Art MoLAA. He is the Founder and President of ARCOS (Art in Communities and Schools) a nonprofit organization that brings art to families living in low-income communities.

Raise A Glass To The Library Foundation’s 25th Anniversary With A Limited Edition Red Blend

Enjoy the event with our “Happy Reading” red blend from the award-winning Willmore Wine Bar in Long Beach. Half of the profit from every bottle will support the Library Foundation’s work at the 12 public libraries.

$25 per bottle. Enjoy a 10% discount when you purchase a case.
Available only at the Willmore, 3848 Atlantic Avenue.
Visit the Willmore’s website for open hours and contact information.