Councilman to present panel on Black leadership in Long Beach

Community members are invited to a panel discussion on Black leadership in Long Beach Thursday evening at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library.

The free event is co-hosted by 8th District Councilman Al Austin and the African American Cultural Center Advisory Committee.

The event will also serve as a book signing for “African American Leadership at a Crossroad” by Alex Norman, co-founder of Re-Thinking Greater Long Beach.

The panel will include Norman, Austin and other key members of the local community “who represent different perspectives on Black leadership,” according to Charles Brown, a special advisor for Austin’s office.

The discussion will include critical issues facing African Americans in the Long Beach area, according to Brown.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the library’s Community Room. The library is located at 5870 Atlantic Ave.

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.