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‘Don’t Forget the (Black) Cowboys’

Black cowboys, ranchers and historians are revealing a vivid chapter of the American story.

Myrtis Dightman, known as “The Jackie Robinson of Professional Rodeo,” broke the color barrier in professional bull riding in 1964 as the first African American to compete in the National Finals Rodeo. — Witte Museum

After being corralled for two years, Black ropers and riders of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo are saddling up once again for the summer — and their first live tour since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, with showcases scheduled in Los…




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