Bil­lie Jean King helps open new li­brary named af­ter her

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

LONG BEACH (AP) — Long Beach has named its new main li­brary af­ter tennis star and women’s rights ac­tivist Bil­lie Jean King, who was born and raised in the city.

King was at the cer­e­mony Satur­day to of­fi­cially open the Bil­lie Jean King Main Li­brary, a 92,000-square-foot, $42 mil­lion build­ing that is part of the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Long Beach Civic Cen­ter, the Press Tele­gram re­ports.

King said: “To­day, I’ve come full cir­cle in my re­turn to Long Beach. With­out the peo­ple of Long Beach, I never, ever would have had the op­por­tu­nity to launch my tennis ca­reer, and travel the world, and have a plat­form to hope­fully make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers.”

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