The History and Experience of Black Americans in Palm Springs

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PALM SPRINGS - A General View of the 9th hole on the Mountain course of the LA Quinta resort Golf Course, Palm Springs California, United States of America.(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

In a story for the Los Angeles Times, journalist Tyrone Beason shines a light on the experience and history of Black Americans living in Palm Springs. While few in numbers, Black residents are part of a history that reaches back to the first half of the 20th century when, Beason writes, "hundreds of Black people from the South, and from Los Angeles and the Bay Area, settled in desert communities like Palm Springs." Beason interviews a number of current residents, some whose families have been in Palm Springs for generations, about the homes they've made in predominantly Black neighborhoods and the discrimination they've faced. Beason joins us to discuss how the U.S.'s legacy of segregated housing is reflected in Palm Springs and why Black Americans in California's desert assert they are "here to stay."


Tyrone Beason, staff writer, Los Angeles Times