"Cowboy Mike" to discuss black cowboys at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 27 January 2011

TROY—“Cowboy Mike” will discuss the legacy of black cowboys in the American West during a presentation on Monday, Feb. 7, as part of Troy University’s Black History Month lecture series.

The event will start at 8 a.m. at the Troy Campus inside the Trojan Center Theatre. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Cowboy Mike” is the persona created by Augusta State University history professor Michael Searles to help audiences better understand the Western experiences of black cowboys. As “Cowboy Mike,” Searles dresses in authentic Western gear and displays his collection of Western artifacts including chaps, spurs, lariat and branding iron.

His presentations explore the rich lore of the West while dispelling many myths.

“As ‘Cowboy Mike,’ Professor Searles is more than a lecturer,” said Dothan Campus Library Director Chris Shaffer. “His performance is truly unique and it leaves the audience spellbound while exploring the important contributions made by African Americans to the history of the American West.”

Searles will also appear as “Cowboy Mike” during a lecture at the Dothan Campus on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Applicants should direct inquiries to the Office of the Dean, College of Education, Troy University, 335 Hawkins Hall, Troy, AL 36082.

For more information, contact Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 1320.