History of Black Los Angeles - October 2014



Black Los Angeles History Tour

October 30, 2014

Ride with us and discover African American culture in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 30, 2014! We'll stop in Manhattan Beach to relax at Bruce’s Beach and learn its history. In the early 1900s, there were only a few places in Southern California that African American families could enjoy the beach. This land was purchased by Willa and Charles Bruce for blacks who wanted to enjoy the ocean.

Ride in comfort aboard a luxury coach from Manhattan Beach to Culver City to the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum. Mrs. Clayton established the Western States Black Research Center in 1975 because she believed that “children should know that black people have done great things.”

Once we're hungry, we'll have lunch at Dulan’s on Crenshaw. Greg Dulan specializes in Southern home cooking. He will give a tour of his restaurant and provide excellent service and delicious food at reasonable prices. (Lunch is not included in tour price.)

Next, we'll travel to the Dunbar Hotel on Central Avenue in Los Angeles. Some of you may remember the sounds of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, and of course, Louis Armstrong coming from this pub of Los Angeles black culture.

A short distant away on Central Ave stands the African American Firefighters Museum which opened its doors on December 13, 1997. Listen to the docents tell of the history of black firefighters in Los Angeles, see their pictures, and read their stories.

Once the day is over, it will be time to board our magnificent bus for the ride home. Close your eyes and relax as we listen to the sounds of the jazz greats of yesteryear.

Our day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. departure from Altadena and we'll return at 5 p.m. Tickets are just $45.

To register, call Annette Spence of Vibrant Seniors Events at (626) 485-2342 or email annette@vibrantseniorsevents.com.