THIS SAT. MARCH 31, 2007 10:am MAKE AND BE A PART OF IMPORTANT BLACK HISTORY
BE IN MAHATTAN BEACH TO SHOW BLACKS SUPPORT THE RENAMING OF CITY PARK THAT WAS ORIGINAL OWNED BY BLACKS. THE DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY WILL BE THERE. The city appears to be trying to keep the event quite. Lets wake them up
The City of Manhattan Beach is making a [LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT] low key, not enough, halfhearted effort to make up for its racism by renaming a park with a plaque in honor of African American residents it kicked out in 1920-40's. [But no returning of land etc. to the African American Bruce Family and other Black Families ] The property is to be only renamed Bruce's Beach after the original African American owners of the beach property.
In 1912, African Americans Mr. Charles A. and Mrs. Willa Bruce owned beach property and built one of the few places in the Los Angeles area and Southern California where black families could legally enjoy the surf and sand. The Bruces's ran a profitable inn, cafe and dance hall within a two-block area where Blacks had a black community.. African Americans Charles and Willa Bruce in Manhatten Beach created one of the few places in Southern California where Black families could swim and enjoy the beach
But as the popularity of Bruce's Beach grew, so did white hostility. Black beachgoers would find their tires slashed; the Ku Klux Klan torched a black-owned home nearby and tried to burn down the resort. The city seized the property in 1924 via eminent domain on grounds that it was urgently needed for a park. Yet, for the next 30 years plus , the lot remained vacant.The city of Manhattan Beach used its its powers of eminent domain and tricks , and hostile whites used force to take the land from black families more than 80 years ago saying they were going to use the land for a public park.
This Saturday 3/31/07 The City of Manhattan Beach planned no first-rate celebration to tell its story acknowledging its history of racial discrimination in the dedication ceremony renaming the property Bruce's Beach after the African Americans that original owned property. Manhattan Beach had a problem with Who should be invited to the dedication ceremony March 31, so the City of Manhattan Beach kept it quiet there has been very little TV, radio,press. I say Start with Mr. Bernard Bruce 74 years old who is alive and well and live in Los Angeles. Had his grandparents been allowed to keep the property in the family, it now would be worth millions of dollars
Looking forward to seeing you all at BRUCE'S BEACH this SAT.