From Professor James Moore, you'll learn about the accomplishments of some African American Trailblazers in Criminal Justice. Perhaps their stories will be a source of inspiration to you in your own forthcoming career.
For more inspiration, you can stop by the library's Bronx location to peruse our Women's History Month display - it's a treasure trove of books about great women artists, musicians, writers and entrepreneurs. You might also enjoy a visit to the Discovering American Women's History Online website. It's a major database for primary sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) in American women's history
Our theme of saluting remarkable women continues with New and Noteworthy books in the collection that recount struggles and the triumphs of distinguished women, from Coretta Scott King (in her new autobiography, My Life, My Love, My Legacy) to the female mathematicians behind some of the most important developments in the early days of our country's space program, as described in Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Our own Monroe College community is represented as well, with a new book by Professor Norene Thomas Davoren, who shares her personal success story, and invites you to apply her principals to your own life's practice.
Finally, we celebrate Earth Day with a bibliography of important texts that speak from many perspectives to life on our planet, and our place in it.
We wish you a beautiful spring season and a productive semester, and as always, we hope to see you at the library.
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Submitted By: James H. Moore III
Often times people are too busy ‘hustling’ to make their mark, finish an assignment, or check an item off their bucket list, that they rarely take time to inventory anything outside the scope of their personal life. After the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the holidays have settled, February is an opportune time to reflect on life, the future, and the countless contributions people of African descent have made around the world. While there is a myriad of people who have influenced the world of criminal justice as we know it today, this article will briefly highlight some career accomplishments of three African American public servants, who have broken down barriers in the field of criminal justice. The trailblazers featured in this article include, U. S. Marshal Beverly Harvard, Chief Lloyd Sealy and Judge William Hastie.
Beverly Harvard (b. 1950), was the first woman to graduate from the FBI National Academy, and also became the first African American woman to serve as chief of police in a major city when she was appointed as the Chief of Atlanta (GA) Police Department in 1994. Chief Harvard began her career as one of Atlanta’s first female recruits in 1973, and continuously rose through the ranks serving as commander of various divisions. She successfully oversaw the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, and continued to lead the department until her retirement in 2002. After leaving Atlanta Police Department, Chief Harvard continued her law enforcement career by serving as the Director of Transportation Security Coordination Centers for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Mrs. Harvard as United States Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia, a position she currently serves in today.
Lloyd George Sealy (1917-1985), a pioneer police official and educator, became the first African American to serve as commanding officer of a New York City Police Department (NYPD) police precinct in 1963. Chief Sealy was also the first African American to be promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief Inspector and serve as Borough Commander of Brooklyn North in 1966. He joined the NYPD in 1942, accomplished a number of impressive firsts throughout his magnificent 27-year career, and obtained his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School before retiring. Additionally, Sealy has the distinction of being the first African American to graduate from the FBI National Academy. Upon retiring from the NYPD in 1969, Chief Sealy became the first African American Associate Professor of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Professor Sealy was also a founding member of National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) in 1976.
William Henry Hastie (1904-1976), a highly-respected attorney, educator and diplomat, became the nation’s first African American federal judge in 1937, when he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to serve on the Federal District Court in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Judge Hastie also served as Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, his alma mater, for a number of years. In 1946, President Harry Truman appointed Judge Hastie as Governor of the Virgin Islands, a post he held until 1949; thus, becoming the first African American to hold the post of governor of a United States Territory. President Truman appointed Judge William Hastie to the Third U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1949, a position he held until he retired in 1971.
The above decorated public servants have shared their experience, intelligence, and passion for service, while devoting their lives to the advancement of criminal justice and the nation. Hopefully, reading of their ground-breaking work inspired you to further your education, and increased your desire to leave your invaluable footprint in the field of criminal justice. While countless others have already made a lasting impact, there is still room for your groundbreaking contributions to criminal justice. Many are looking forward to the future with anticipation to see what the students, alumni, and faculty of Monroe College School of Criminal Justice will do to positively impact the world; therefore, be encouraged and endeavor to be the positive change you wish to see.
Chamberlain, G. (2012, January 8). William Hastie. Retrieved from Great Black Heroes website: http://www.greatblackheroes.com
Kerr, P. (1985, January 5). Lloyd G. Sealy is Dead at 69; Held High Posts with Police. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com
Vejnoska, J. (2016, March 9). Top Cop Beverly Harvard Broke Down Many Doors. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved from http://www.ajc.com
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