These are the type of jobs and conditions that motivated Blacks to flee the South to find better opportunities in the North and West. Blacks could find work and earn the same wages for the same jobs as their White counterparts. In order to survive all members of southern black families who could work in any low skill jobs under the control of Jim Crow restrictions would be expected to work.
Southside Black youth have a variety of organized activities that were actively supported by parents and other adults. After school and weekend programs and athletic activities were another social experience that taught young people values, competitions, as well as, cooperation and team work. Similar activities were not available in other communities in Oroville during this period.
There were 18 different small Black owned businesses in Southside over a span of years beginning in the mid 1940's - 1990. The range of businesses included restaurants, cafes, cleaners, food, catering, barber shops, poll halls, night clubs. The largest and most successful Black owned business was the Gabriel Family Yellow Cab and Bus Transportation business.