Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to return land to the descendants of a Black couple, Willa and Charles Bruce, that was taken from them in the city of Manhattan Beach, Calif., nearly a century ago. Newsom traveled to the area where the Bruces’ resort was once located to sign the new law in front of Bruce family members, the media and others who raised awareness of how Black Californians were pushed off of valuable beachfront property.
“I’m proud, as a son of this state, proud as the governor of this state, of the most diverse state and the world’s most diverse democracy, to be here, Anthony, with you,” Newsom said, referring to Anthony Bruce, the great-great-grandson of Willa and Charles and the heir to the property, at the bill signing.
Newsom added that the event was “for all of those families torn asunder because of racism all across this country and around the globe.”
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