Badge of Color, Breaking the Silence

One is astonished in the study of history at the recurrence of the idea that evil must be forgotten, distorted, skimmed over. We must not remember that Daniel Webster got drunk but only remember that he was a splendid constitutional lawyer. We must forget that George Washington was a slave owner…and simply remember the things we regard as creditable and inspiring. The difficulty, of course, with this philosophy is that history loses its value as an incentive and example; it paints perfect men and noble nations, but it does not tell the truth.


Badge of Color, Breaking the Silence documents Harlen "Lamb" Lambert's decision to apply and become the first African American police officer in Santa Ana, Orange County in 1967. This autobiography is both a memoir and a history lesson on his upbringing in the Jim Crow South, his time in the Army, and his career as a police officer where he served heroically. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of law enforcement, civil rights, and Southern California. Available on Amazon.com
  Badge of Color Book Cover


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His badge covered a heart of conviction and steel...

Harlen "Lamb" Lambert
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