Community readership increased by 175 percent at North Long Beach’s Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, a goal inspired by Councilman Rex Richardson, who challenged residents to check out 10,000 more items in the library’s first 100 days.
Long Beach Vice Mayor Rex Richardson participated in the White House’s final My Brother’s Keeper National Summit on Wednesday, highlighting the city’s efforts in helping its boys and young men of color as part of its answer to President Barack Obama’s call to action, which challenged communities across the U.S. to focus resources to that specific portion of the population.
The sunlight filtered through the temporarily erected canopy outside the solid edifice of the Michelle Obama Library Saturday morning. Blue balloons bordered the stage, and thousands overflowed into spaces beyond the outlined audience—beyond the chairs placed for participants in North Long Beach.
On Saturday, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson led community members, business owners, youth, artists, and other stakeholders on a tour of the seven new murals in North Long Beach painted under the Creative Corridor Challenge.