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Growing Up In Long Beach - A Virtual Event

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Celebrate Black History Month with Long Beach resident Sharon Diggs-Jackson, as she shares her experiences, wonders, and challenges of growing up in Long Beach, California. This free virtual talk will focus on topics like Long Beach as a historically supportive Black community and the integration of LBUSD. This event will be hosted on Zoom on Tuesday, February 22 from 5 - 6PM.

Registration is required. Sign up on Eventbrite.

Sharon Jackson’s professional career includes 12 years with IBM where she served as an auditor and administrative branch manager. Her 20-year career with the City of Long Beach included serving as an Analyst in the Long Beach Police Department’s Narcotics and Crime Analysis Divisions and Coordinator of the Neighborhood Nuisance Abatement Program. For the final 10 years of her career, she was the city’s Airport Public Affairs Officer.


Following her retirement in 2009, Sharon, and her husband David, began a journey to discover and connect with their family roots that landed them in Selma, AL, where they purchased and renovated a historic home in Downtown Selma. The home has been used as a center for racial healing and social action and a learning center for students studying the Civil War, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Movement.

In 2011, in collaboration with the City of Selma, the Jackson’s upgraded and reopened the Selma Walton Theater, which had been closed for 10 years.

A student of history, Sharon is a trained genealogist and author of Images of America: SELMA. Published in November 2014, the book has been very well received and is now in its second printing.

Currently, Sharon serves as the Program Officer for Elite Skills Development. Elite Skills provides services and creates pathways to self-sustainability for at-risk and under-resourced youth and young adults in Long Beach.

Sharon served as the Vice Chair of the Long Beach Independent Redistricting Commission, a member of the Long Beach City College Citizen Oversight Committee, African American Cultural Center, Treasurer, and a founding Board Member for the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion and the Selma Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee, she is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc-Long Beach Alumnae Chapter.