Jermaine Morris has been trying to get an important message across to the Black community in his census outreach through the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization in recent months.
Without the right headcount, he fears the Black community would essentially become invisible for the next ten years, and beyond.
When it comes to getting more funding for resources into the community, Morris emphasizes everyone counts, but also how census represents so much more than money.
A lot of people in the Black community are apathetic on the census these days, but his focus is its historical value. It is a reliable footprint for future generations. He said that it is the African American go-to source for information.