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Black Cowboys #303819

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 26, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

(Boley, OK) Town's celebration of black cowboy heritage featured; films shown. [Cecil WILLIAMS - sings; discusses his love of ranching; explains his songwriting.] Photos shown courtesy William Loren Katz Collection; famous black cowboys named, described. Tom Mix and Will Rogers noted assistants to rodeo champion Bill Pickett. Jim Beckwourth's role in discovering pass to California recalled; Jack Oakie mentioned portraying him in movie. [KATZ - discusses history's omission of black cowboys, concentrating on John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and Henry Fonda.] [WILLIAM - notes society's caution in advertising black heroes; sings; cites need for black pride.]

Ford, Sam;
Spencer, Susan

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