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October is Cultural Diversity Month! Celebrate Our Cultural Diversity.

The results of the 2000 Census data earned Long Beach the title of "the most diverse city in the Nation." We celebrate diversity, our strength.

The Human Dignity Program focuses on Community Harmony via community forums, art competitions and cultural diversity celebrations, including:

The Human Dignity Program celebrates successes and recognizes individuals and organizations that promote the strengths of cultural diversity. Diversity is Our Strength!

"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Peace Week January 7-14, 2012

Everyone is invited to participate in the City of Long Beach's celebration of Peace Week. This week-long celebration is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent movement and kicked-off January 7, 2012 with an evening candlelight Peace March. Community leaders and members from all over the city joined together to march in unity for nonviolence and peace. Peace Week is cosponsored by the Human Dignity Program and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews. Click here for the flyer.

There are a number of community events held throughout Peace Week which lead to the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration on January 7, 2012. You can participate in Peace Week through a number of ways, including organizing a program or event that highlights some aspect of peace and nonviolence, such as those expressed by Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Week provides us with an opportunity to encourage self-reflection, bridge-building amongst our neighbors, and provides valuable educational opportunities for our community. It is vital that we share the message of peace and nonviolence in our city, particularly with our youth today.


Peacemaker Awards

The City of Long Beach Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Awards

The City of Long Beach is proud to recognize its first group of Peacemaker Award winners. These outstanding individuals have a history of volunteer and community work in areas of peace-making, nonviolence, and community building. The Peacemaker Award acknowledges the spirit in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. demonstrated compassionate, non-violent strategies toward peace and community building, ideals we value in the City of Long Beach. The Peacemaker Award is sponsored by Councilman Dee Andrews, District 6, The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program, and The City of Long Beach Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Task Force.

2008 Peacemaker Award Winners:

Naomi Rainey - Peacemaker Award Recipient

George Clay - Peacemaker Award Recipient

Lt. Josef Levy and Lysa Gamboa-Levy - Family Peacemaker Award Recipients

Autrilla Scott - Legacy Leader Peacemaker Award Recipient

Claudette Powers - Legacy Leader Peacemaker Award Recipient

Auriel Natalie Armstrong - Youth Peacemaker Award Recipient (Wilson High School)

Clarissa Lopez - Youth Peacemaker Award Recipient (Millikan High School)

Emma Haas Osamede Ogiemwanye - Youth Peacemaker Award Recipient (California Academy of Mathematics and Science)

Read the Press Telegram article about the 2008 Peacemakers.


About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era. The movements and marches he led motivated significant changes to the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.

Dr. King's words and actions celebrated human worth, inspired hope and provided a sense of dignity among all. His philosophy of nonviolent direct action, and his strategies for rational and non-destructive social change, sparked the conscience of this nation and reordered its priorities. His wisdom, his words, his actions, his commitment, and his dream for a new way of life are intertwined with the American experience.


Six Steps for Nonviolence Social Change, by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Step One: Information Gathering

Step Two: Education

Step Three: Personal Commitment

Step Four: Negotiations

Step Five: Direct Action

Step Six: Reconciliation

Derived from the essay "Letter from Birmingham Jail" in Why We Can't Wait, New York: Penguin Books, 1963. Found at www.thekingcenter.org

The Six Steps for Nonviolent Social Change are based on Dr. King's nonviolent campaigns and teachings which emphasize love in action. Dr. King's philosophy of nonviolence works hand in hand with these steps for social and interpersonal change.

Learn about The National Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.


Six Principles of Nonviolence,
by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.

2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.

3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.

4. Nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform.

5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.

6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.

Derived from "Pilgrimage to Nonviolence" in Dr. King's book Stride Toward Freedom, Harper & Row, 1958. Found at http://www.thekingcenter.org/


Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Awards

The City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program Awards

The City of Long Beach is proud to honor the following recipients of the 2008 Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Award which was given at the September 18th California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ) 44th Annual Dinner and Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award Celebration. These individuals have made outstanding contributions toward promoting community harmony in the celebration of the strengths of diversity. Read their bios.

Yvonne Duke
Jail Administrator, Long Beach Police Department & Black Managers' Association President

Karen Owens
Community Relations Division Administrator, Long Beach Police Department

Dora Hogan
Human Resources Manager of Employee Benefits and Equal Employment, City of Long Beach

Sherriel Murry
Human Resources Personnel Analyst, City of Long Beach

Steve Adams
Director, Long Beach Unity Festival Project

Alma Campos and Aroldo Campos
Co-Directors, New Generations youth group


Biographies of the 2008 Community Harmony Award Recipients

Yvonne Duke

Yvonne Duke was appointed as the Long Beach Police Department Jail Administrator on September 30, 2004.She is the first female, civilian and African American employee to hold this position.

Yvonne began her career in corrections in 1981 working as a corrections officer for the New York State Department of Correctional Services. In 1993, after twelve years with NYDOCS she relocated to Charleston, South Carolina and accepted a position with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.Yvonne worked in the jail and quickly promoted to the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, and Administrative Lieutenant. In 2001 she was promoted to the rank of Captain and became the first female Captain for this agency working in the jail.

Yvonne has served as an instructor in jail related topics for over twenty years.She is certified as an instructor trainer in Interpersonal Communications Skills (National Institute of Corrections), Standard First Aid and Fundamentals of Instructor Training (American Red Cross).

Ms. Duke has served as a consultant for the National Institute of Corrections and has conducted workshop presentations for the American Jail Association, South Carolina Jail Administrators Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and numerous jail facilities.

Yvonne is the current President for the Long Beach Black Managers Association 2008-2010.She is a member of the LB Managers Association, National Council of Negro Woman and NAACP.Additionally Yvonne serves as the command staff liaison for the Long Beach Police Department's African American Advisory Committee.

Yvonne has a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and an Associates Degree in Law Related Studies from Trident Technical College.

In her spare time Yvonne enjoys traveling and has visited Japan, several tropical islands and Central America.Her next travel adventure will take her to Egypt.Her leisure time activities include reading, listening to new musical artist and mini shopping sprees.


Sherriel Murry

Sherriel Murry is a Personnel Analyst in the Department of Human Resources for the City of Long Beach. She has worked for the City for 17 ½ years, with 8 years in HR. Her primary job duties are to process harassment and discrimination complaints for, and against, City employees.Sherriel also provides staff support to various City Departments regarding personnel-related matters. She chose a career with the City because she likes public service.

She received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.And, she also has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Sherriel is most herself when she is taking care of others. As a result, she is a member in several community-based organizations, and has served on various committees. She is an active member of the Normandie Church of Christ, which is a community-based organization. She serves in various capacities, from fundraising for the Homeless Ministry and Nigerian Mission, Seniors - Bridge Gapper Ministry, Fellowship Committee, and Vacation Bible School.

Sherriel is a member of the Long Beach Black Managers Association where she served on the Scholarship Committee, which provides scholarships to college-bound students from various Long Beach High Schools.

She has participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Locked-Up" campaign to raise funds for muscular dystrophy and collected over $2,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Sherriel is also a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society. She worked on the committee to provide career development seminars to Public Administration students at California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Karen Owens

For the past 18 years, Administrator Karen Owens has worked to build a positive relationship between the Long Beach Police Department and the community it serves. Under her leadership, the department's Community Relations Division has evolved into a dynamic team of employees who promote public safety through communication, education and community partnership.

Karen began her career with the Police Department in October of 1990 as a Police Services Assistant and was selected as the department's first civilian Public Information Officer in 1993. In 1999, Karen was promoted to the Administrator of Community Relations. As the commanding officer of the division, Karen is responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships throughout the community and managing a wide variety of programs and assignments in the areas of Crime Prevention, Community Outreach, Public Relations, Volunteer Services and Media Relations. She serves as the department's spokesperson to the media and also provides Media Relations and Crisis Communications training at the Long Beach Police Academy and for local law enforcement organizations and municipalities.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach and a Master's Degree in Conflict Management and Negotiation from California State University, Dominguez Hills.She is a member of numerous professional organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Emergency Public Information Officers Association and the Long Beach Police Foundation.Karen is also a graduate of the Leadership Long Beach Class of 1997 and was a member of their Board of Directors for six years.

Karen and her husband, Rob, live in Long Beach with their son, Drew.She is an avid traveler and also enjoys reading, scuba diving, and spending time with family and friends.


Dora Hogan

Dora Hogan is employed by the City of Long Beach, Department of Human Resources, as the Manager of Employee Benefits and Equal Employment. Dora's primary responsibility is the development and administration of the City's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program. Dora represents the City on all EEO matters including harassment and discrimination complaint resolution, training and monitoring compliance with state and federal EEO laws and regulations.

Dora is deeply committed to equal access and opportunity for all persons on all matters affecting City employment and embraces a diverse workforce free from harassment and discrimination.

Dora has been a City employee for twenty four years.She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University Long Beach.Dora is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach, Class of 2001.She is married to Lester and they have four children Frank, Anthony, Austin and Keeyonna.


Alma and Aroldo Campos

Alma and Aroldo Campos have lived in Central Long Beach for over 16 years.They have served the community through their church and volunteering in community clean-ups, holiday events and cell groups. They opened a childcare in their home three years ago to serve needy families and presently coach 30 youth on the New Generation Soccer Team. They both are very active members of the Long Beach Weed and Seed Strategy and share the vision of creating Central Long Beach to be a model community. Recently, they formed the New Generation Board, which will catapult their ideas of working with youth into reality. They have spent countless hours serving to make the City of Long Beach a safe place for children, youth and families.


Steve Adams

Stephen (Steve) Adams is an amazing 'giving-back' young man who despite a challenging childhood being raised by two deaf parents, has had, and lives, an exemplary life. He secured an education and subsequent profession as a Public Safety Officer and Facility Security Manager.While working two jobs, he created an organization in Long Beach called "Long Beach Unity Festival" in order to guide Long Beach youth away from gangs and drugs and into music and realizing their dreams.

Steve has been with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center since 1994. His accomplishments within this Center include the following: Distinguished Employee, Quarterly Employee of the Month, Excellent Services Award and he received eight (8) Applause Card Awards.

Even with his work in the community and at his profession, Steve is currently a member of the Long Beach Masonic Lodge #12 (Proud Sons), The Children's Clinic Beach Walk Committee, Jonathan Jacque's Children's Cancer Center Torch Run Committee, Miller Children's 50th Anniversary Committee and a member of the Interpreter Service Department from which he received a special recognition for his dedication to the Interpreter Service.

Steve's other achievements include providing shuttle services to bring homeless people to shelters, food coordinator for Parks and Recreation and a Reserve Park Ranger Officer for the City of Long Beach.

Steve's passion for music and involvement in the community led him to form The Long Beach Unity Festival, which encourages people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to participate. The festival also promotes Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness and brings a Blood and Bone Marrow Drive to the community.

Since 1997, Steve has been the benevolent guiding force and energy behind the Long Beach Unity Festival, encouraging and prompting young talent to be nurtured, seen and heard. All profits from the Unity in the Community festivals have been donated to non-profit organizations and lately The Children's Clinic of Long Beach has been its recipient.


Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Award Winners:


Anitra Dempsey
Citizen's Police Complaint Commission & First Human Dignity Program Officer

Lt. Tyrone Hatfield
Long Beach Police Department

Lt. Josef Levy
Long Beach Police Department

The Bixby Knolls "First Fridays Long Beach" Community Leaders:
Peter Dopulos, Krista Leaders, Carina Cristiano Leoni, Keith Lewis

>>Past Winners<<

Cmdr. Laura Farinella
Long Beach Police Department

Community Assistance Team Members:
Michael Asfall, Rita Cameron, Michelle Friesen, Anita Gibbins, Pat Hicks, Lydia HOllie, Susan Price, Karl Strandberg, Joe Thompson, Susan Welsh, Aneisa Young

Deputy Chief Robert Luna
Long Beach Police Department

The Enough is Enough Partnership
Craig Watson & Ron Petke, Charter Communications

The City of Long Beach Youth & Gang Violence Prevention Task Force
Dr. Lydia Hollie & Marc Rothenberg

Leadership Long Beach
Michelle Perrenoud

The Press Telegram
Rich Archbold


Community Calendar


See Our New Calendar, October Cultural Diversity Month Happenings, and Other Community Links


January 30-April 4 - A Season for Nonviolence Calendar

A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It runs from January 30 to April 4. Join in the commemoration today!


February 2-28 - "Journey to Black Mexico: A Photographic Discourse"
@ Second City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave.

Gallery open Wednesday - Sunday, 12noon - 5pm
See the 1/25 Press Telegram article to learn more.

February 9 - "Creating and Sustaining Mutually Supportive Relationship Between Black and Brown Students" Workshop by California State University, Dominguez Hills Professor Ron Wilkins
@ Second City Council Art Gallery and Performance Space, 435 Alamitos Ave. from 2-4pm

February 10 - Third Annual Afro-Latino Heritage Festival

1-5:30pm @ The Museum of Latin American Art

Come enjoy a one-of-a-kind tribute to the African Heritage in Latin America! Experience the African legacy in Latin America through entertaining educational workshops and live performances. Enjoy a variety of Afro-Mestizo artistic genres that have emerged from this fusion of cultures; such as salsa in the Caribbean, samba in Brazil, negroide in Peru and the original African drums. Free for members and children under 12. Non-members: $5. View schedule of events.


June 18 - Juneteenth Celebration / Cultural Rhythms
Gates open at 6:30pm; concert from 7-8pm @ El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring Street | (562) 570-1745


August 20 - Cambodian Traditions / Cultural Rhythms
Gates open at 6:30pm; concert from 7-8pm @ El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring Street | (562) 570-1745


September 17 - Mexican Independence Day / Cultural Rhythms
Gates open at 6:30pm; concert from 7-8pm @ El Dorado Nature Center 7550 E. Spring Street | (562) 570-1745

September 18 - Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Awards at the 45th Annual Dinner and Gene Lentzner Human Relations Award Celebration
Special Recognition Ceremony @ Hyatt Regency - Long Beach; Reception 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm. Call CCEJ to RSVP 562.435.8184. http://www.cacej.org/

Click here to see 2008 Award Winners.


October 1 - Press Conference for Cultural Diversity Month / ArtPEACE Kickoff
@ City Hall, 333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; 11:00am-12:30pm

October 4 - Southeast Asia Day
@ The Aquarium of the Pacific; 9:00am - 5:00pm

October 25 - "Where is the Love?" Community Festival sponsored by the American Red Cross
@ Community Grace Brethren, 5885 Downey Avenue, Long Beach; 11:00am-4:00pm








January 11-17 - Peace Week 2009

January 19 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (a day "on," not a day off) See video

January 30 - Beginning of A Season for Nonviolence
lasts until April 4


April 4 - End of A Season for Nonviolence


May 30 - Unity Festival at Rainbow Lagoon & End of Art Peace



Peace Week &
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 30 - April 4
A Season for Nonviolence

Unity Festival

Assistance Team Recruitment

Human Dignity Program Community Harmony Awards

Assistance Team Training

Cultural Diversity Month

October 1 - May 30

Hate Crime Community Education Forum

More Calendar Links

Sister Cities of Long Beach

Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. is an affiliate of Sister Cities International that represents more than 3,523 cities, counties, states and partners in 137 countries worldwide. As a non-profit organization Sister Cities serve individuals and organizations at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy; cultural and educational exchange; and business and economic development fostering relationships that will lessen the chance of future world conflicts, increase business development between countries and provide an educational conduit between through people-to-people exchanges.


Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. is coordinated through a volunteer Board of Trustees that oversees eight Sister Cities in Long Beach: Mombasa, Kenya; Yokkaichi, Japan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Qingdao, China; Bacolod, Philippines; Sochi, Russia Manta, Ecuador; Izmir, Turkey. For more information on the Sister Cities of Long Beach, Inc. programs please visit their web-site at sistercitiesoflongbeach.org.

Our Demographic Diversity

Information provided by wikipedia.org

As of the census of 2000, there were 461,522 people, 163,088 households, and 99,646 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,532.8/km² (9,149.8/mi²). There were 171,632 housing units at an average density of 1,313.8/km² (3,402.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 45.16% White, 14.87% African American, 0.84% Native American, 12.05% Asian, 1.21% Pacific Islander, 20.61% from other races, and 5.27% from two or more races. Latino of any race were 35.77% of the population.

Non-Hispanic/Latino whites were 33.13% of the population. This has been a significant decrease since the 1950s, when the city was mostly Anglo-American and nicknamed "Iowa by the Sea" or "Iowa under Palm Trees." The city was long a major port of entry for European, Asian and Latin American immigrants headed to Los Angeles in the 20th century. The Harbor section of downtown Long Beach was once home to persons of Dutch, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Portuguese and Spanish ancestry, most of them employed in manufacturing and fish canneries until the 1960s.

According to a report by USA Today in 2000, Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States. Its Asian community includes a large Cambodian community, the second-largest Cambodian community outside of Asia (after Paris); and an area of town recently named "Cambodia Town". There are also sizable populations of immigrants and descendants from Vietnam and the Philippines.

It has a relatively high proportion of Pacific Islanders (over 1 percent), from Samoa and Tonga. Most American Indians, about 2 percent of the city's population, arrived during the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs urban relocation programs in the 1950s.

Long Beach once had a sizable Japanese-American population who mostly worked in the fish canneries on Terminal Island and small truck farms in the area. They were victims of racial prejudice and transported to internment camps in 1942, supposedly for national security reasons. Most did not return to Long Beach after their release from the camps. Due to their transportation, interracial marriage, and other factors, Japanese Americans make up less than 1% of the population of Long Beach. There is still a Japanese Community Center and a Japanese Buddhist Church in Long Beach. The Japanese-American Cultural Center is just over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro.


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Diversity is Our Strength!

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