Hands Across Texas

Programs on Native Americans, Buffalo Soldiers, Cowboy Poetry, Ethnic Characters in Texas History, Dance, Music with Siyotanka and Harmonica, Storytelling, and Mountain Men

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A History of Black Cowboy Poetry

So little has been written in the history books about the contributions of the African-American in the old West, and even less has been written in the form of poetry. This is an attempt to bring out the heroics of the African-American cowboy through the form of rhythm and rhyme.

The history of Black cowboy poetry is derived from the readings of stories, articles and essays of and about African-American men and women who rode the range, braved the weather, fought rustlers and outlaws, blazed new trails, and protected the Western frontier.

Through rhythm and rhymes, a history is told of a proud people's heritage that has been denied a rightful place in the annals of the collections of writings we call history.

This presentations of poetry, prose, short stories, and legends is dedicated to those pioneers, who by the sweat of their brow, the sacrifice of life, the hard worl of their hands, their discipline, dedication, insight and investments into a future that promised a better way of life. Their efforts blazed new trails for those who were coming even generations behind them. For this love and effort, and inspiration we thank you.