In 1988, Orion Pictures released a movie called “Mississippi Burning.” The movie was based on the 1964 murders of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney.
Goodman and Schwerner were white, Chaney, Black, and all were murdered by the KKK because of their efforts to register Black Voters. The murders pushed President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Although registering to vote is easier now, Black voters still struggle to elect politicians who address the specific needs of the Black community.
Nigel Lifsey is the president of the Greater Long Beach Black Democratic Club. His goal is to make sure the club will increase the power of the Black vote through structure, unity and redefining how Black politicians will lead in the future.