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July 16, 2013

Multicultural cowboy events set next week in Cowtown

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Strode’s first wife was Princess Luukialuana Kalaeloa (aka Luana Strode), a descendant of Liliuokalani, (the last queen of Hawaii). They were married until her death in 1980 (almost forty years). In 1982, he wed Tina Tompson, and they remained married until his death Dec. 31, 1994.  Strode was a dedicated martial artist under the direction of Frank Landers in the art of SeishinDo Kenpo.



FLOYD “BUCK” WYATT (POSTHUMOUS INDUCTION)

Floyd “Buck” Wyatt was born in Hendrix, Okla., to Walter and Rebecca Wyatt. He was number nine of a family of seven boys and eight girls. He was also a professional rodeo cowboy, livestock owner, entrepreneur and homeowner.

Wyatt began “rodeoing” in the early 1930s. As a professional rodeo performer, of the mid 1930s through mid-1950s, he was one of a handful of African-American Cowboys who performed professionally on the rodeo circuit. He specialized in Bull Riding and Bronc Riding. He is noted for originating the "Knee-Jerking" technique of riding which is still used in present-day rodeos. Wyatt won the Brahma bull riding championship at rodeos in Ellensburg, Wash., in 1941 and in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1946.  

Additionally, he won the bareback (bronc) riding title at the rodeo in Reno, Nev., in 1949. Buck Wyatt won the World’s Championship (based on yearly cash winnings) three times in bareback bronco-busting and in Brahma bull-riding. During his rodeo days, there was no television to give early professional rodeo cowboys publicity or exposure, and only the throngs of people who saw them in action would remember them. These cowboys had no role models or mentors for them to follow. Only their undying love of the sport kept them competing. 

Nevertheless, they left a legacy as the pioneers and veterans who paved the way for all of the future Black Professional Cowboys of America who followed.

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