Celebrate our California coast, waterways and Coastweeks programming, Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica’s Main Public Library for a special screening of the documentary White Wash.
White Washexplores the complexity of race in the U.S. through the eyes of the ocean via the history of African Americans and water culture from slavery, civil rights wade-ins to surfing in contemporary times at sites in Santa Monica and Southern California.
This historic, African American beach site some times known as the "Inkwell" is featured in the film. The story is narrated by Grammy Award winner Ben Harper, along with Tariq “Blackthought” Trotter of the Grammy Award winning hip hop group The Roots who also provide the film’s musical score. Contemporary interviews filmed with professional and vocational surfers and scholars are woven together with historical archival film footage. The 78-minute, English language picture was released in the United States in 2011.
Discussion following screening includes: Ted Woods, director; Rick Blocker, founder of BlackSurfing.com; and Alison Rose Jefferson, Historian/UC Santa Barbara Doctoral Grad Student who has done extensive research on the history of Santa Monica and its cultural resources.