BLACK COWBOYS OF RODEO
UNSUNG HEROES FROM HARLEM TO WATTS AND THE AMERICAN WEST
They ride horses, rope calves, buck broncs, ride and fight bulls and they even wrestle steers. They are black cowboys, and the spirit of their pursuits intersected with America’s struggle for racial equality, human rights and social justice.
Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, Black Cowboys of Rodeo is a collection of 100 years-worth of cowboy stories set against the backdrop of segregation, the Civil Rights Movement and eventually the integration of a racially divided country; and told by the unsung heroes whose accomplishments and rightful place in history have been disregarded and all but forgotten.
For many readers, Black Cowboys of Rodeo, which at its core are traditional cowboy stories, is an introduction to the mere existence of black cowboys and the narratives they so willing share assures these revolutionary black pioneers of rodeo shall no longer remain nameless.
LEE AKIN | JOHN ASHBY | BAILEY PRAIRIE KID | BUD BRAMWELL
ROBERT BROWN |CHRIS BYRD | LARRY CALLIES | HAROLD CASH
TOMMY CLOUD | LEON COFFEE | DENNIS DAVIS | JOHN DAVIS
MYRTIS DIGHTMAN | CHARLES EVANS | MARCOUS FRIDAY | FLOYD FRANK KEVIN FORD | FLETCHER FORTE | DIHIGI GLADNEY | LONDON GLADNEY DONALD GOODMAN | FREDDIE GORDAN | CALVIN GREELY
JESSE HALL aka CHARLIE RENO | DWAYNE, DWAYNE JR. and AARON HARGO JOHN HARP JR. | SEDGWICK HAYNES | CLEO HEARN | NEIL HOLMES
TRE HOSLEY | NELSON JACKSON, JR. | DEKEVIS JORDAN DALTON KASEL THRYL and MIKE LATTING | CHARLES, CLARENCE, KENNETH and ROY LeBLANC
SHAD and SYLVESTER MAYFIELD | LEE McCLAIN
EZEKIEL and OUNCIE MITCHELL | BARRY MOORE | ABE MORRIS | TORI OZANE CHARLIE PARNELL | BILL PICKETT | NATHANIEL “REX” PUREFOY
SIDNEY and STEVE REAGOR | GARY RICHARD | STEVE ROBINSON
MARVEL ROGERS | CHARLIE SAMPSON | GENE SMITH
LARRY, COREY and KOREE SOLOMON | JESSE STAHL | STANLEY TAYLOR
RUFUS THOMAS | WILLIE THOMAS | GUS TRENT | ALVO TUCKER
JAY VENTRESS | COWTOWN GENE, JIMMY LEE and WILLIE ED WALKER
STEVE WASHINGTON | FRED WHITFIELD | ERVIN WILLIAMS JR. | TEX WILLIAMS
“In the ‘50s and ‘60s, there was a drive among black folks … to excel and overcome all sorts of barriers in order to achieve what they wanted to achieve. I’m not surprised at all that a sizable number of black cowboys, who’ve been misrepresented and not represented in our history books and films, were among those who did that.”
— Rev. James Lawson; Leading Nonviolence Advocate During the Civil Rights Movement
“I think your notion of the skills it takes, the horsemanship … you’re countering the notion that enslaved people had no skills and, see, that’s an important part of the story.”
— Lonnie Bunch III; Secretary, Smithsonian Institute / Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture