Photos: Bruce’s Beach property allowed to return to family
In a landmark move celebrated by reparations advocates and social justice leaders across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom authorized the return of a property known as Bruce’s Beach to the descendants of a black couple who had been kicked out of Manhattan Beach nearly a century ago.
Senate Bill 796, enacted Thursday by Newsom, confirms that the city’s takeover of this waterfront land – on which the Bruces ran a thriving black beach-goer resort – was racially motivated and carried out under pretext false and illegal.
“As governor of California, let me do what Manhattan Beach apparently doesn’t want to do: I want to apologize to the Bruce family.”
Governor Gavin Newsom
“The land in the city of Manhattan Beach, which was illegally taken from Willa and Charles Bruce, should be returned to their living descendants,” the legislation reads, “and it is in the public interest of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, City of Manhattan Beach and the people of the State of California to do so. “
“My heart, my mind, my soul have been there from the start. … It took daring courage. I have the power to continue this bold courage as I move forward in helping other Black families achieve restorative and restorative justice. ”
Kavon Ward, who championed the cause through his popular Justice for Bruce’s Beach movement