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Nov 13, 2017

When we think of the "Ole West," we often entertain images of cattle drives, Native Americans, Wyatt Earp, shoot-outs, Billy the Kid, huge herds of bison, wagon trains, and much more…but seldom do Black cowboys come to mind. And while there is little mention of them in history books, there were a lot of them. On today’s Perspective program a civil rights movement veteran, editor, and writer shares his thoughts on Black cowboys and the Black west.

Guest: Augusta University professor emeritus Michael Searles. Also known as Cowboy Mike, Searles has contributed a great deal of scholarship on Black cowboys Buffalo Soldiers and the Black west.

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