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Bruce s Beach:

    An aerial view of the closed and deserted beach on Independence Day afternoon amid the COVID-19 pandemic on July 4, 2020 in Manhattan Beach, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) A popular resort for Black travelers formerly on Manhattan Beach was shut down by racist white residents, a relatively unknown historical fact. Now, the community is faced with confronting its anti-Black legacy. READ MORE: Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower vandalized The Los Angeles Times reports that Bruce’s Beach in a community of 35,000 residents, now has less than 1% Black residents and its disgraceful past has been glossed over in the town’s historical accounts. “Bruce’s Beach was an injustice in our town’s history,”...
    Anthony Bruce could barely talk about the beach that bears his family’s name without feeling a sharp pain, a tug at the heart. More than a century ago, his ancestors had turned this small corner of Manhattan Beach into a popular resort — one where Black people could dip their toes in the sand and bask in their own slice of the California dream. But their white neighbors, in this very white town, ran them all away. “This is our legacy, this beach,” Bruce said. “It has haunted my family for ages.” Today, most see Bruce’s Beach as a pretty park with jasmine and coastal live oak overlooking the sea. In this affluent town of 35,000 — known...
    MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA) — A stretch of Manhattan Beach is an important part of Southern California’s Black history, and people are increasingly calling for a bigger commemoration of that history. A grassy oceanfront park in Manhattan Beach was renamed Bruce’s Beach in 2006 for the Bruce family, which owned the property and ran it as a safe place for recreation for the Black community. Racism, however, drove them off the property in the 1920s. Currently, a plaque tells an abbreviated story of Bruce’s Beach, but an online petition supports the rewriting of the plaque, restoration of the land to the family, and restitution. “[The Bruce family] developed the beach resort into a flourishing enterprise accessible to all – until the...