Is Long Beach the New “Black Mecca” for Politics, Business & Change?
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, “New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are becoming less Black as African Americans leave the cities that drew their elders.”
While the nation is seeing a great migration to Southern states due to economics, Long Beach, California is one city many are calling the new “Black Mecca” for politics and change.
What Makes Long Beach So Special?
According to the LAist Long Beach is, “rich in arts, culture and music, and there are plenty of unique festivals held there all year long to keep you coming back. It has its own unique vibe.”
It’s that unique vibe that is seeing an increase in activity in Long Beach, especially Black Long Beach with Black candidates running for every political office in the city, the Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce launching a Chapter in Long Beach and a new focus on Black leadership.
A longtime resident of Long Beach, Al Austin has decades of experience representing hardworking families, protecting their rights, and creating opportunities to get ahead.
As Councilmember for the city of Long Beach, Al has worked to bring together community members, unions, and local small businesses to get things done that improve quality of life for all residents while protecting taxpayer dollars.
“Long Beach provided me with an opportunity to put down roots, build a family, and spend every day making our community a better place for every resident.
I’ve seen the results of what happens when neighbors come together and create change. I’m ready to bring this same spirit of unity and collaboration as our next Mayor. Let’s work together to build a Long Beach where every neighborhood and resident is healthy, safe, and thriving.”
The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce (SCBCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) business organization dedicated to improving the economic environment for the minority business community, and fostering business development and prosperity. The SCBCC focuses its efforts on four major areas:
- Economic Development
- Community Development
- Public Policy
- Membership Services
The vision of the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Incorporated is to be the premier community organization that serves as a catalyst to improve the quality of life for African Americans and provide the tools to become productive and community minded citizens.
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Incorporated, is to improve the quality of life within our local communities through education, health and wellness, economic opportunities, and the provision of leadership and mentoring.
As more and more Black leaders add their name to the ever-growing list of changemakers in Long Beach, the city continues to see an increase in its Black population and continues to be at the top of the list of warm, sunny places with great Black leaders and economic empowerment for Black people to migrate to.