PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/24/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092421
Subject:
Long Beach Main Branch Library Displays Traveling Billie Jean King Photography Exhibition
Showcase coincides with second anniversary of library’s opening
Contact:
Susan Jones
562.570.6608
Susan.Jones@longbeach.gov
Manager of Main Library Services
Long Beach Public Library




Long Beach, CA - The New York Historical Society’s traveling exhibition “Billie Jean King: Champion. Activist. Legend.” is currently showcasing more than 80 photographs from the life and career of the Long Beach icon at her namesake Billie Jean King Main Library.”

“It is an honor to host the New York Historical Society’s Billie Jean King photography exhibition at our new Billie Jean King Main Library,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As the only Long Beach native to ever receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that can be bestowed on an American citizen, Billie Jean King is truly a Long Beach legend.”

The exhibition opened on September 21, on the two-year anniversary of the grand opening of the Billie Jean King Main Library, a 94,500-square-foot state-of-the-art public library serving the residents and visitors of Long Beach at 200 W. Broadway.

The exhibition, located in the grand atrium on the first level of the library, features photographs that celebrate her phenomenal career on the tennis court and tell the story of her decades-long activism and advocacy for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.

“Billie Jean King’s tennis career and her committed advocacy for equal rights serve as a role-model the world over,” said Marilyn Satin Kushner, PhD, Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society. “This exhibition is about that story and it has been my privilege to be able to tell it.”

At this time, there is no official end date, however, the exhibition is expected to run through at least the end of the year.

For more information about the “Billie Jean King: Champion. Activist. Legend.” exhibition, visit www.lbpl.org or call 562.570.7500.