Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Cowboys of Color on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes


On Saturday, June 28, 2014, author, musician, and historian, Art. T. Burton,will join us to continue our discussion on Cowboys of Color; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Mr. Burton has studied the Wild West extensively for several decades. He will share with us stories about many popular figures like Bill Pickett, U.S. Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves, and the Buffalo Soldiers but Burton will also enlighten us on many stories about cowboys from his researched and books that are not as prominent in our history.

What is often left out of many popular cowboy stories that are written today is the multicultural makeup of our Western Heritage and the influence of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Latino, and Native Americans who helped shaped the Wild, Wild West way of life. Mr. Burton who lectures around the world on Western Heritage and Cultural shows us the richness of our country's diversity and why we all should want to learn more about The American Cowboys of Color; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“(Black, Red, and Deadly: Black and Indian Gunfighters of the Indian Territories, 1870-1907) is a meaningful addition to my library, especially with the recent dedication of the Buffalo Soldier Monument. Your book illuminates another exciting chapter in the story of the outstanding contributions made by African Americans to our Nation's history.”
- Colin L. Powell,
65th United States Secretary of State, American statesman and a
retired four-star general in the United States Army.

"When we have no understanding of our history, we can not appreciate the potential that our future holds."

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More About Art. T. Burton 

Art T. Burton has a distinguished career in education and the arts. He received bachelor and masters degrees in cultural and ethnic studies at Governors State University (GSU), where he served as student assistant dean. Additionally, he was selected as a recipient of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities,” and traveled to Brazil with GSU’s award-winning Jazz Band as their percussionist.

Burton was Recruitment and Admissions Counselor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Coordinator of Minority Affairs and Admissions Counselor at Illinois Benedictine College. He taught Art T. Burtonethnic and cultural studies at Prairie State College, South Suburban College, and Governors State University. Burton spent ten years at Loyola University as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of African American Student Affairs. Burton was the Director of Student Development/Minority Affairs at Columbia College in Chicago for seven years. He is currently a professor of History at South Suburban College in South Holland, IL. He is a recipient of the “Living Black History “ Award. In 1983 and 1990 he was selected as an “Outstanding Young Man of America” in recognition of professional achievement, superior leadership ability, and service to the community. As author of Black, Red and Deadly, "Turk" Burtonhe has been interviewed by radio and television hosts and was featured in the November 1994 issue of Emerge magazine. His book is being considered for a feature film on African- Americans in the West. Initiated by Burton, the major character in the book, Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall, was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Burton is a member of the Chicago based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (A.A.C.M.) since 1973, Burton has shared musical experiences with Dizzy Gillespie, Muhal Richard Abrams, Chico Freeman, Amina Claudine Myers, Lester Bowie, Henry Threadgill, and Elvin Jones. In 1996, Art played percussion on saxophonist Vandy Harris’ recording PURE FIRE. In 1998, he played percussion on a critically received recording by noted Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown titled VENUS for the Delmark label. Art was elected Chairman of the Association for the A.A.C.M. for the year of 2011. He has played the bongo and conga drums professionally for over 30 years.


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