In 2007 Indira Hale Tucker and Aaron L. Day compiled The Heritage of African Americans in Long Beach: Over 100 Years in association with the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. Their extraordinary work included contributions from many in Long Beach’s and Signal Hill’s African American community. But many things could only be touched upon, including some of the racial tensions the pioneer African Americans experienced. I decided to add more to the story. I am currently working on a book which will explore the role of African Americans from the city’s beginnings up to the history presented in Tucker and Day’s work. Here are some samples.
I will never forget the evening of June 5, 1968,