Learn how HPD faced race when Holocaust Museum Houston offers a virtual talk on Zoom

HPD Officers at Moody Park in 1978 | Courtesy of Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Explore how HPD faced and was shaped by race when Dr. Dwight Watson, author of Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930-1990, joins Holocaust Museum Houston for a virtual discussion on Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Holocaust Museum Houston continues their commemoration of Black History Month with a virtual discussion about the ways the Houston Police Department reacted to social, political and institutional change over a fifty-year period—and specifically, how it responded to and in turn influenced racial change.

Author and historian Dr. Dwight W. Watson will lead the virtual discussion, which revolves around the history as told in his book, Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930-1990: A Change Did Come. In addition to being the assistant professor of history at Texas State University, Dr. Watson has also previously worked as a correctional counselor, a prison grievance officer, a county probation officer and state parole officer.

This virtual talk will be moderated by Dr. Jesus Esparza, an assistant professor of history at Texas Southern University.

Race & the Houston Police Department with Dr. Dwight Watson on Zoom

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.