My name is Mario Strong. I was born right here in Indianola, Mississippi. My parents moved to Rochester, New York, for greater opportunity where I was raised as a child. However, most of my summers were spent in the humid heat of the Mississippi Delta. Indianola is home…
In 1991, I returned down south and enrolled in Jackson State University. I graduated with honors and received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law in August of 1995. Having worked locally in the non-profit arena, I remained in Jackson. Law school was just off the horizon at Ole Miss. However, I found another passion. I delved into the realm of computers and information and technology. I worked for 3 years as a Technical Support Specialist for a telecommunications firm in the Jackson area.
In 1998, I relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and participated in a start-up technology firm engaged in optical networking and hi-speed information and data transfer. Towards the end of the 90s, the economy swayed and 9/11 brought our business to an abrupt end. Again, I found myself home.
In November 2003, my father and I opened the 308 Blues Club and Cafe. In that same year, we co-founded the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola. The 308 Blues Club and the Indianola Blues Society enriched the Delta by unifying the people through music. I remained active until 2006 when I decided to move to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to further my schooling. I immediately accepted a position with a web development and multimedia firm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Again the economy swayed and I was forced to resign yet again from the tech field. I regrouped and began work as a manager for a major shipping and delivery company. An opportunity became available in Greenville, Mississippi. Immediately, I transferred. And once again, I returned home.
And now… I am home. So, who is Mario Strong? I am a father, a son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a business owner, a manager, a musician, an artists, and activisit.
Not much has changed in the past 18 years since I have been in and out of the city. Several politicians have come and gone. We have a new museum that carries the name of and a local blues club that was purchased by our greatest native son, Mr. B.B. King. However in the sudden excitement of change, I must ask, “What has stood within the past 18 years since my return? The past 8 years… the last 4?”
As I journey into Indianola politics, I have reached out into the community and have received feedback about the current political air. Additional remarks will be posted in later blogs. If you would like to share your thoughts, please leave your comments here or call 662-298-4596.
I look forward to working with you to make Indianola a better place for everyone.