Jul 21, 2022
L.A. beachfront land taken from Black family returned Transcript
A case of racial injustice dating back a century was set right when a stretch of Los Angeles beach real estate, taken away from a Black couple in 1924, was returned to their great-grandsons. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1: (00:02)
A case of racial injustice dating back a century was set right on Wednesday, when the deed to a stretch of prime Los Angeles beach real estate, once taken away from a Black couple was returned to their great grandsons. At a ceremony to mark the return, Anthony Bruce said he hoped others would be inspired.
Anthony Bruce: (00:22)
I hope that many people are propelled to action because of this. And that they understand that it does take a lot of grit, and a lot of hard work. You got to have your boots on the ground, and you’ve got to be protesting, if you really wanted to get this done.
Speaker 1: (00:35)
While rare at the time, Bruce’s Beach was once a resort where Black people could enjoy the seaside, despite the discrimination and segregation of early 20th century LA. But owners Willa and Charles Bruce were forced off the land in 1924, when City officials from Manhattan Beach exercised government powers to transfer ownership of the land to the state, and convert it for public use. In this case, they claimed they would build a park. Decades later, activists and politicians determined the reason for the move was racism. So they passed the law to hand the land back to the Bruces last year. Kavon Ward is the founder of Justice for Bruce’s Beach.
Kavon Ward: (01:17)
This is something that’s happened across this country. And if the people in power really want to make amends for what they have done to Black people, this is a way to do it. Return stolen land. I have close to 400 cases, and I’m sure that’s not all of them. The time is now, it’s now.
Speaker 1: (01:37)
The property now belongs to Marcus and Derrick Bruce, who said they will share the proceeds with their extended family.