Kisha Bowles discovered the rodeo when she was spending most of her day in front of a computer and reeling from the loss of her mother. Her Sundays suddenly transformed into an all-day outing of donning leather riding boots, climbing on to a powerful bay mare and galloping around a track under the hot sun, alongside other black women like herself. She had ridden a horse only a few times before and knew nothing about rodeo events, let alone competing in them, but the time she spent in a Calvert County equestrian ring was a spiritual awakening. Bowles is one of four women known as the Cowgirls of Color, a team that will compete Saturday in Upper Marlboro in the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, the country's only African-American touring rodeo competition.
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According to Atlanta-based photographer Forest McMullin , around 25 percent of the cowboys responsible for the movement in the American West were African-American. And yet, the stereotypical image of the cowboy remains, consistently, white. McMullin , a professor of photography at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, was talking to a student in when he first learned of the existence of rodeos catering exclusively to black cowboys. McMullin was intrigued, and began researching the phenomenon. McMullin attended a black rodeo in person, documenting the many individuals he encountered along the way. There was the police detective who'd recently dabbled in calf roping, the year-old rodeo vet who just came to watch, and the young 10th grade boy who was preparing for his post-high school rodeo takeover. McMullin didn't just photograph his subjects, he learned their stories, piecing together a subculture of American history that remains all too invisible. McMullin has since attended rodeos in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. The artist ultimately hopes his images will provide dignity and respect to a population that's often overlooked -- the black men and women who herded cattle, farmed, and built homesteads across the West.
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