Black Police in America

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Indiana University Press, 1996 - Political Science - 193 pages
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Clear, concise, and filled with new materials, the book sets a high standard... Scholars in African American, police, and urban history will all be grateful for what is certain to become a fundamental work in their fields." --The Alabama Review

A balanced, perceptive, and readable study." --Kirkus Reviews

... easily read and interesting text... " --The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

[This] readable book is bound to explode plenty of myths.... This is an important book that is long overdue." --Our Texas, The Spirit of African-American Heritage

There is no better time than now for this electrifying, clear, and much needed volume." --Robert B. Ingram, President, National Conference of Black Mayors

Black Police in America is the most comprehensive and best documented study that I have read on African Americans in law enforcement." --Nudie Eugene Williams, University of Arkansas

Full of fascinating stories and accounts of racism and heroism, as well as photos and charts, this volume fills a void in the study of the African-American experience." --South Carolina Historical Magazine

... a fresh and original study and an important contribution to the fields of African American and urban history and criminal justice." --The Journal of American History

... an accomplished and wide-ranging comparative analysis of the role of race in the development and operation of police departments in America's nineteenth- and twentieth-century cities." --The Journal of Southern History

African Americans demanded "colored police for colored people" for over two centuries. Black Police in America traces the history of African Americans in policing, from the appointment of the first "free men of color" as slave patrollers in 19th-century New Orleans to the advent of black police chiefs in urban centers--and explains the impact of black police officers on race relations, law enforcement, and crime.


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dry but insightful history of black police officers' long struggle against racism. Dulaney (African-American Studies/Coll. of Charleston) culls most of his information from previous academic studies ... Read full review

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Richard A. Lewis graduated in 1964 at the top of the Jersey City New Jersey Police Academy graduating class and he was Black.
I found the information interesting but agree with some of the other
reviews that there are names that are not included in the historical and there are some major urban cities where historical data is not included.
i.e. Jersey City New Jersey one of the van guard of black police captains John Bell and was a Tuskegee Airman pilot
as Well as the fact that there was a Director of Public Safety for Police appointed who had been a veteran police officer
1980;s Walter Adams
as well in the mid 1960's when Black men were facing obstacles with admission to the Police Academy
One African American graduated at the top of the Police Academy graduating class of November 1964 was an African American
Richard Arnold Lewis
Also in Newark New Jersey in the late sixties you had police sergeants such as JC John Clifford Arnold who later became a lieutenant
you had the LeBastion Club and IMPAC which were integral to the Black Police Associations in Jersey City
just a bit of input for the review.
But overall I found the information quite interesting!


two Black Pioneers
three The Politics of Tokenism
four The Second Coming in the South
seven Black Police Administrators
eight Three Generations

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About the author (1996)

W. MARVIN DULANEY is Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and the African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston. He is co-editor of Essays on the American Civil Rights Movement.

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