Bent’s Fort Chapter members will meet in Las Animas on Saturday for the annual Education Meeting, where they will learn about the Buffalo Soldiers.


The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the J.W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas. After the meeting, there will be a catered lunch (cost $10).


After lunch, Michael Sawyer will give a presentation about the Buffalo Soldiers. His talk will explore the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and the relationship of service to the country to achieving citizenship for black people that was not substantively resolved until the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s. Regionally, Fort Carson is the home of the last remaining regiment of the 10th Squadron, one of the original Buffalo Soldier units.


Sawyer is assistant professor of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and the Department of English at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He recently was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor of English and the Fine Arts at the United States Air Force Academy and is the founder and director of the Africana Intellectual Project@Colorado College. Michael holds a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy, master’s degrees in International Security Policy from the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations and Comparative Literature from Brown University. He completed his Ph.D. in Africana Studies in 2015.


The Buffalo Soldiers, initially all-black troops, served in the military in the Western states beginning in 1868. The 1 p.m. presentation is free and open to the public.


Membership in the Bent’s Fort Chapter is $15 per year. The Bent’s Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the Santa Fe Trail and to promote awareness of the historical legacy associated with it.


For more information, call Kevin Lindahl at 719-469-1894.