On the Trail of the Ancestors:
A Black Cowboy’s Ride Across America
By Lisa K. Winkler
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
Here is a story of Miles Dean, a black cowboy with a dream, as he undertakes a 5000-mile journey with his horse, Sankofa. Beginning at the African Burial Ground in New York City on September 22, 2007, he ends his trip of six months, one week, and one day in Los Angeles at the California African American History Museum on April 1, 2008.
Along the way, he traces hundreds of years of African American history through twelve states cross-country. Readers ride with him through the difficulties of the journey, experiencing Black history with abolitionists, activists, explorers, slaves, cowboys, jockeys, a country music star and more. History comes alive in this book.
Winkler has captured the passion of Miles Dean in her writing, taking readers to meet historical figures who are vibrant, offering readers much to learn as they enjoy reading this story.