To commemorate Pride Month, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater MetroWest honored the life of Allen Ginsberg. A gay man, Ginsberg, who was born in Newark, was not quiet about his sexuality; he was a poet and scholar as well as an activist for rights gay people as well as all marginalized groups.
Mr. Ginsberg’s epic poem, “Howl,” often is considered to autobiographical. It was published in the conservative 1950s and faced pushback from the public for its clear and apologetic mentions of homosexuality, which still was criminal then. He was arrested in San Francisco and cleared by a judge who ruled that the poem contained socially progressive literary merit and therefore was protected under the First Amendment. For more information, call (973) 929-2995, email email@example.com, or go to www.jhs-nj.org.