Jacqueline Reis | February 22, 2011
The library is a marketplace of ideas, but sometimes they mix like oil and water.
Tomorrow night, for instance, scheduled events at the Worcester Public Library were to include Black Culture Movie Night — and the monthly meeting of North East White Power.
When the white power group scheduled its meeting, it did so under its acronym, NEWP. It wasn’t until third parties recognized the acronym and e-mailed the library last weekend that Head Librarian Mark J. Contois realized he might have a volatile situation.
He conferred with the city manager’s office and the Police Department, who recommended asking one of the groups to reschedule. The Black Culture Movie Night — which planned to view the movie “Souls of Black Girls” — had been scheduled first, so Mr. Contois asked the white power group to postpone its meeting.
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