Badge of Color, Breaking the Silence

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

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