Shoutout to The Studio for Southern California History and its founder

Shoutout to The Studio for Southern California History and its founder, Professor Sharon Sekhon for “discovering and sharing history…to connect people to each other and to connect people to places…”

Take a visual tour with Sharon through history in her latest book,     Because My History Matters, available on Amazon.  It’s the perfect gift and a coffee table must!

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

Endnotes from Badge of Color

Teaching Tools for Badge of Color


“In the early 1990s I was out of the country, lonely and thousands of miles from home and family.”

I wrote 6 free verse poems during that time and on my return registered 21 volumes with the U.S. Copyright office.​Writing became my therapy during those two years. I wrote of experiences that left me both surprised, entangled in emotions, and painful to acknowledge.

Volume 1 is a collection of honest, and often painful free verse about love, faith, distance, being lonely, betrayal, loss, longing, relationships, neglect, abuse, longing, survival, regret, bad decisions, possibilities, protection, acceptance, change, celebration and more. All familiar themes that vary in
emotions and is something to which readers are sure to relate to.

Volume 2 is illustrated free verse poetry covering emotions of love, faith, friendship, joy, loss, trust, and much more that people can identify with.”

Harlen “Lamb” Lambert