Damien Marley honors Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Rolling Stone Magazine

3 May


Damian Marley celebrates Earth Day with the new song “Life Is a Circle,” featuring a video telling the segregated history of Miami’s Virginia Key Beach Park.

Directed by B+, the clip sees Marley standing on the historic beach as title cards and footage explain its history: Black Americans were not allowed on most beaches during segregation. In the spring of 1945, civil rights activists supported by the local NAACP chapter staged a “wade-in” at a whites-only beach, resulting in the opening of Virginia Key — Miami’s first black-only beach.

Following its closure in 1982, the abandoned beach was overgrown with invasive plants and animals, suffering vandalism and hurricanes. City officials wanted to sell it but they were stopped by grassroots organizers and the beach was restored.

It reopened in 2008.

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Damian Marley Honors Earth Day With ‘Life Is a Circle’

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