University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Professor, Dr. Robert Johnson, will present his latest work, “Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? Bongo Joe's Requiem for the President,” at the Scholars for Life presentation scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, from 6-8 p.m. at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library.

“Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy?” is a biography of street musician George "Bongo Joe" Coleman, whose life story intersects with the Kennedy assassination on the morning of November 22, 1963. For many years Bongo Joe entertained visitors to San Antonio, improvising songs and playing his signature 55-gallon oil drums in front of the Alamo and in later years on Losoya Street near the Hilton Hotel. In addition, Dr. Johnson will also discuss new facts about the Kennedy Assassination uncovered during his research at the infamous "Cellar" nightclub in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Johnson is a Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at UTRGV. He is an authority on the countercultural group of artists from the 1950's known as the "Beat Generation" and is the author of “The Lost Years of William S. Burroughs: Beats in South Texas;” “Did Beatniks Kill John F. Kennedy? Bongo Joe's Requiem for the President;” and editor of “The Beatest State in the Union: Texas and the Beat Generation of Writers.”

The Scholars for Life Series encourages library partnerships with local educational institutions by providing access to lifelong learning through lectures and presentations that enhance the lives of the people in the Rio Grande Valley.

These free monthly lectures and presentations will be held through May. For more information, visit or call (956) 383-6246.