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The First Day
On the way to his new job, dressed in freshly ironed clothing, Samuel J. Battle remembered the train ride when white citizens called him "an invader." During those times, it was not popular to rent to blacks in Harlem. In fact, the Harlem Home News said, "Heart of Harlem Now to be Invaded by Negroes."
The police commissioner said to Samuel J. Battle,
"You will have some difficulties but I know you will overcome them.”
To read more about this and other stories, check out One Righteous Man by Arthur Browne.
To read more about this and other stories, check out The Black Shields by Roger L. Abel.
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In collaboration with the Black Police Experience (BPX) and the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc (NABLEO), we want to commemorate the heroics of Samuel J. Battle by asking black law enforcement to share their stories. If you find a story on the Battle Continues.. timeline that you can relate to, please share.
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Our timeline of untold stories is a collection of black law enforcement stories that will serve to illustrate their lived experiences and the need to transform police policies, practices, and consciousness. The Battle begins with Samuel J. Battle but continues as we commemorate the 110th year of blacks in law enforcement in NYC. Submit your story and help to create a pathway to justice.
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