Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites During the Jim Crow Era,” said that “there is some good coming from people understanding this history” but added that the city was “missing an opportunity to be a part of righting the wrongs that have been done to Black people.”

Kavon Ward, 39, an organizer and a resident of Manhattan Beach who founded a group called Justice for Bruce’s Beach to support the family’s calls for restitution, said the effort to return the land was “amazing news,” even though the county cannot take any formal action until the state bill is approved.

“We’re still doing what we need to do, behind the scenes, to make sure they have the votes,” Ms. Ward said. “We’re still working.”

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