Don’t Miss The Bill Pickett Rodeo This Weekend

By: Rebecca Gulberg | Haddie Djemal Posted: 2:55 PM, Sep 22, 2022 Updated: 2:58 PM, Sep 22, 2022

Bill Pickett, a legendary Black cowboy often barred from competing in largely white rodeos. This inspired another black cowboy in the 80’s to start the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, which is a Black rodeo that challenges and broadens the narrow lore of the West. Historians estimate that one-quarter of American cowboys were Black, but many Black figures who were part of America’s Western expansion has been written out of history books. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo crisscrosses the US, serving as an inclusive gathering place for Black rodeo fans and Black rodeo stars alike.