Friday, August 31, 2012

Inkwell History in Santa Monica

Following up on the Ocean theme, here are some free historically-themed activities coming up:

From 9 am to noon on Saturday, September 15, you can learn about the Inkwell in Santa Monica. Docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy will be at Bay Street and Oceanfront Walk—the site of the Inkwell, which for years was the only beach open to African Americans. The event is in conjunction with Coastal Cleanup Day so don’t be surprised if the docents hand you a trash bag and put you to work, too.

The next day--Sunday, September 16, the Santa Monica Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd, you can learn even more about the Inkwell at a special screening of White Wash, a film about African American surfing. Archival footage and interviews will talk about the Inkwell in particular. After the film, director Ted Woods, along with historian Alison Rose Jefferson and Rick Blocker of will lead a discussion. Again, free, but seating is first come, first serve at the library's MLK Auditorium.

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