Los Angeles County Returns $75 Million Land to Black Family

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The beach resort once flourished while welcoming African American visitors in the 1920s, a time when Black people and other minorities weren’t allowed on white beaches. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMedia Nearly a century after the government allegedly used trickery and eminent domain to seize their valuable property, the family of Charles and Willa Bruce are finally receiving justice. Officials in Los Angeles County reportedly have decided to return the family’s Manhattan Beach property that estimates show might be worth as much as $75 million. The beach resort once flourished while welcoming African American visitors in the 1920s – a time when Black people and other minorities weren’t allowed on white beaches. The property famously took on the name “Bruce’s Beach.” Meanwhile, descendants of Charles and Willa Bruce had fought for years to have the land returned to the family. “It was a very important place because there was no other place along the coast of California where African Americans could actually go and enjoy the water,” Chief Duane Yellow Feather Shepard, the Bruce family historian, and spokesperson said in a local interview. Regularly facing threats and intimidation tactics from the Ku Klux Klan and other...

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