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Who is Bill Pickett? 

1870 - 1932 Bill Pickett was the most famous African American rodeo performer of all time, and the first black cowboy movie star. He invented a way of controlling steers called "bulldogging," and became a star attraction of wild west shows. Now know as "Steer Wrestling," the event he created remains a popular part of rodeos to this day.

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Meet the Cowgirls Introducing Black Rodeo Culture Across the Country

By Carolyn Owens

It's part family reunion, part traveling museum, and quite literally a wild ride. The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) entertains spectators with flair that infuses Black culture into familiar rodeo events and highlights Black History with a focus on family. 

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Rodeo celebrates black cowboys and cowgirls in history of the American west

The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo honors the legacies and contributions of black cowboys and cowgirls in American history, while giving a new generation of rodeo pros the opportunity to showcase their skills. January 25, 2020 

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   Behind the scene exposure to Rodeo and Cowboys life

     BPIR Youth Ambassador, Lindon Demery with Los Angeles area youth on a behind the scene tour

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