Arizona Black Rodeo comes to Chandler

(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)


There’s bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling — all the hallmarks of a good rodeo. But an event today in the east Valley features something else — a celebration of black history in the Wild West. 

Saturday was the Arizona Black Rodeo at Rawhide in Chandler.

Organizers say it’s become one of the largest African-American-focused events in Arizona with thousands of fans turning out each year.

Besides the competition, organizers say the event is about preserving the heritage of black cowboys, a history that dates back to freed slaves in the Wild West era.

They say African-Americans have long taken part in rodeos, but for decades they were forced to go underground.

“Not until what, about 1970, African-Americans couldn’t compete…

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