A group of childhood friends wants to create a safer community and challenge the notion that African-Americans can’t be cowboys.
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 Most of the Compton Cowboys were first encouraged to join the organization by friends or relatives who believed horse riding would offer an alternative to gangs and violence prevalent throughout the city.
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“At the end of the day, we want people to also think about us when they think about cowboys"
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“The Compton Cowboys are a multigenerational story of black people’s ability to survive and create alternate worlds in the face of neglect,”
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 Today, the Compton Cowboys continue to compete in individual events and often are invited to perform in parades throughout Los Angeles. Despite limited resources, some members of the group continue to excel in polo and bull riding events as a result of the intimate bonds with horses that, members of the group believe, have also been relegated to the margins.
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