Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.

Photo: Ebony Beach Club brochure cover (1957)

Black entrepreneurs built beach haven in California. Racism shut them down.
By Falene Nurse | HighCountryNews magazine
October 13, 2021

In 1958, Silas White, a Black entrepreneur, set out to transform his dream — opening a Black beach club on the Santa Monica shores — into reality. He would call it the Ebony Beach Club, and he pictured it becoming one of the finest establishments in America for “the accommodation and comfort of my people,” he wrote in a letter to prospective members.

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