About Author and Professor Michael Searles

Cowboy Mike is the persona created by Michael Searles, Professor Emeritus of History at Augusta University, to help audiences better understand the western experience of the black cowboy.  Professor Searles has an excellent rapport with children and adults and audiences are always spell bound by him as they listen to the rich lore of the West.

More than a lecturer, Cowboy Mike truly brings the West to life as he dispels many of the myths surrounding the Wild West.  He dresses in authentic cowboy costume and displays his collection of western artifacts to his audience including a branding iron, chaps, spurs, and lariat.  His performance is truly unique.