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A black family once owned a beach in Southern California.  The government took it away.

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Nearly a century ago, government officials chased a black family off their beachfront property in the city of Manhattan Beach in southern California. Now, in what could be a milestone in this nation’s effort to right past injustices to African Americans, Los Angeles County wants to return Bruce’s Beach to the family that once owned it.

Today we hear from historians, family members and local organizers who have championed this cause for years until it can no longer be ignored. We also chat with LA Times environmental reporter Rosanna Xia about her work, which has amplified Bruce’s Beach’s story to the world.

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Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: LA Times environmental reporter Rosanna Xia

More reading:

Manhattan Beach was once home to black beach goers, but the city has worn them out. Now he faces an account

Black descendants of Bruce’s Beach owner could return Manhattan Beach land to plan

Editorial: Pay off the Bruce’s for Bruce’s Beach

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