The city of Compton, California, is better known for street violence and rap music stars, but one small ranch in this formerly semirural area has been home to a cadre of African American horse riders since the 1980s. The Compton Jr. Posse was founded to offer black youth an alternative to gang life, and to connect them with the rich but often forgotten legacy of black cowboy culture, going back over 150 years. New York Times journalist Walter Thompson-Hernández offers a unique and unexpected portrait of Compton and its riders, revealing an urban community in all its complexity, tragedy, and triumph.
"Zooming in on granular detail, [the author] fleshes out a neighborhood in all its colors, scents and conversational rhythms…. This is a rare, un-sensationalized portrait of a community fighting to reclaim its turf."—LATimes