A Center for Public History Lecture Series Event - University of Houston
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Black, Brown, and Blue: A Historical Discussion of Policing in Houston

Dwight Watson, Brian Behnken, and Guadalupe Quintanilla talking about the history of policing in Houston - moderated by Dr. Christopher Haight.

Dwight D. Watson is an Associate Professor of History at Texas State University and author of Race and the Houston Police Department, 1930–1990: A Change Did Come. His specializations include African American History and the Civil Rights Movement.

Brian Behnken is an Associate Professor of History and Latino/a Studies; Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies at Iowa State University. He’s the author of Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas, examining the dual and often separate black and Mexican American freedom struggles in Texas, identifying the causes of black-brown disunity in the state.

Guadalupe Quintanilla is an associate professor in the Dept. of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston. She is the author of numerous pedagogical and education articles, as well as national communications manuals for law enforcement and emergency service professionals.

Christopher Haight received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Houston, Department of History. He is an instructor at Houston Community College, and his research fields include Grassroots Activism and Social Movements, LGBTQ History, African American History, and Criminal Justice and Policing.