Courageous, focused, and fully supported by his father and mother, 12-year-old Nicholas Jackson took on the challenge of bull riding, and recently walked away from the Junior World Bull Riding Finals with the 2020 Junior Championship. Descending from a long line of Black cowboys through his mother’s lineage, Nicholas’s win is a reminder of the exceptional skills Black frontier and cattlemen lent to the western expansion of the United States.
To compete, Nicholas and his family traveled to Texas from Maryland. Apparently, being a city dweller did not keep him from developing extraordinary riding abilities often associated with living in rural areas. What a great reminder that one’s address does not necessarily define life possibilities. To learn more about the exceptional strength and tenacity of a Black boy who rides bulls for fun, click here.