My second Indie Author Day participation – this time with my documented memoir, Badge of Color, Breaking the Silence (Book One)! Again, I was honored to be a part of such a distinguished group of SoCal authors…and to top it off…I was surprised with a family unknown to me up to this time!
Never have I had such a warm welcome from so many. Professor Sharon Sekhon and her students invited me to attend their end-of-semester celebration. Daniel Lynem and I fielded questions from the students, gorged ourselves with pizza and other goodies.
The History-class students had been privy to my Badge of Color-Breaking the Silence manuscript as a school project. To my astonishment I received the most wonderful gift(s) from the students – their assignment? To respond to my memoir in written and/or visual format their take-away from the history of Santa Ana’s first black police officer. I received letters, poems, and artwork to cherish–too numerous to share here (although as soon as I learn how to thumbnail the photos, I will add them to this post!). However! One post was so personal and beautiful it is on pages 332-333 of my memoir: Rainbow Protector by Isabella Beltran.
October 24, 2019 Professor Sharon Sekhon speaks at the National Society for Minorities Honors Conference at CSUF, Pollak Library. With Sharon Sekhon I will discuss the multiracial history of Orange County, specifically as it relates to Santa Ana. Detective Jason O’Brien, LAPD, and I field questions from the audience.
April 14, 2019 – Honored to receive recognition and an award from the Holy Trinity AME Church of Long Beach.