Feature photo of Elijah Langford. Courtesy of Elijah Langford
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By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY – Being children of two of the most recognizable faces in Atlantic City, some may consider it would be a challenge to emerge from their shadows, but Elijah and Isaiah Langford are making their own way through their community work and good deeds.
The Langford brothers were both named Friday (Feb. 11) as two of the 30 honorees of the inaugural Front Runner New Jersey's 30 Under 35 Top Young African American Leaders of South Jersey. FRNJ with the help of community leaders through the region, selected 30 young people who are making a difference in the community.
The Langfords are the only siblings to make the list.
The Langford name is well known in Atlantic City politics. Lorenzo Langford is a former three-term mayor. Their mother Nynell Langford, is a two-term school board member who has organized a wide-range of events through the resort town herself.
Nominated for the FRNJ recognition by nationally-known political organizer Stephenine Dixon, they created the nonprofit organization DEMCATS, which does charitable work throughout Atlantic City. DEMCATS started organizing events to raise awareness about issues such as breast cancer and to collect donations for people who are less fortunate.
In 2019, the Isaiah and Elijah Langford honored their mother's birthday by helping keep Atlantic City’s kids warm by giving out coats to children in need. It was something Elijah Langford started five years earlier at his grandfather’s barbershop when he met boxing legend Mike Tyson, according to Breaking AC.
His grandfather, Sonny Lea, was a well-known barber and business owner during his team in Atlantic City. He died in 2019.
Today, Elijah Langford works for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in the Office of Atlantic City Initiatives. Ironically, the office in City Hall is a few steps down from where his father served as mayor. He graduated from Stockton University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Isaiah Langford recently graduated from Montclair State University with a communication degree and is now preparing to pursue his master's degree.
The Langfords are now part of FRNJ's first 30 Under 35 Class. Click here to see who else made the list.
FRNJ Extra will post exclusive feature stories on some of the 30 Under 35 winners throughout the course of Black History Month.
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