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LAPD Proudly Celebrating Black History Month

The men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department proudly celebrate Black History Month. We salute the brave men and women whose actions contributed to the advancement of the nation’s and Los Angeles’ history. To honor these individuals, the Department’s Crime Prevention Unit, Office of the Chief of Police, designed a banner that hangs in front of the William H. Parker Building, also known as the Police Administration Building in Downtown Los Angeles, other city buildings, and several community police stations.

Below is a description of the banner and the men and women that are pictured.

Bottom Row, Far Left
Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger – Is the highest ranking African American officer in the Los Angles Police Department. He was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief in August 2006. Chief Paysinger is currently the Director and Commanding Officer of Office of Operations. He oversees all four geographic patrol bureaus, including patrol and detective services, as well as Special Operations Bureau and Detective Bureau.

Bottom Row, Far Right
Officer Bridget Robinson – On May 4, 2003, Officer Robinson became the first female African American motor officer in the history of the Department when she joined West Traffic Division.

Top Row, Far Left
Harriet Tubman – Became known as “the Moses of her people.” She escaped alone via the Underground Railroad in 1849, and over the next decade she led nearly 300 Maryland slaves to freedom and safety, including several siblings and her elderly parents.

Top Row, Second from Left
Frederick Douglass – 19th century abolitionist writer, public official, and statesman. Spoke out for other social reforms such as women's suffrage.

Top Row, Third from Left
George Washington Carver – Agricultural chemist, educator, botanist. African American scientist who dedicated his life to Agricultural and industrial research.

Top Row, Fourth from Left
Officer Robert William Stewart – In 1886 he became the first African American police officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Top Row, Fifth from Left
Officer Georgia Ann Robinson – In 1916 she became the first African American female police officer of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Top Row, Sixth from Left
Officer Charles P.T. Williams – In 1923 he became the first African American police officer killed in the line of duty.

Top Row, Sixth from Left
Homer F. Broome, Jr. – Joined the LAPD in February 1954. Rising through the Department ranks, promoted to Captain in 1969 and Commander in 1975. He became the first African American appointed to each of these positions in the Department’s history. In 2006, the Southwest Community Police Station was renamed in his honor.

Top Row, Seventh from Left
Dr. Maya Angelou – Poet, educator, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer, and director. She is hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature.

Top Row, Far Right
Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. – Baptist minister and civil rights leader. Dr. King is one of the most iconic people for his furtherance of the civil rights movement. At the age of thirty-five, Dr. King was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize.