LB REACHES THE BOYLE-ING POINT, AND BY COINCIDENCE, HERE HE COMESBy Dave Wielenga
In the aftermath of the wounding of a Long Beach Police Department gang detective in a brazen car-to-car shooting, Father Greg Boyle will speak to the Bixby Knolls Literary Society on Feb. 9, offering his insights into gang intervention, rehabilitation and social justice.
Inasmuch as Boyle agreed to the 7 p.m. appearance at Expo well before the Jan. 29 shooting in central Long Beach, the timely scheduling is a coincidence—no matter how you define that word: a) a sequence of accidental events that seems to have been arranged; or b) a miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.
Boyle, 55, is a Jesuit priest from Los Angeles who in 1992 founded Homeboy Industries in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth. He was motivated by the violent civil uprising that swept across the Southland after Los Angeles Police Department officers were found not-guilty in the vicious—and videotaped—beating of African-American motorist Rodney King.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job,” Boyle says.
Meanwhile, Boyle has continued to develop and share his views with an eloquence that has made him a frequent public speaker and a well-read author. At Expo, he will sign copies of his newest book, Tattoos On The Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Simon & Schuster), which will be on sale by a representative of Apostrophe bookstore.
FATHER GREGORY BOYLE AT BIXBY KNOLLS LITERARY SOCIETY • EXPO • 4321 ATLANTIC AVE • LONG BEACH 90807 • FEB 9, 7PM-9PM • FREE