THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND TROOPERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, INC.
The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was formed in Greenville, South Carolina in August 1999. The creation of this organization consolidated the educational and charitable efforts of many bikers from all walks of life that were members of independent Buffalo Soldiers/Troopers Motorcycle Clubs. Members of this organization, comprised of military and civilian service personnel, as well as other professionals, and united by a love for the sport of motorcycling, dedicate countless hours of their time to teaching the history of the Buffalo Soldiers to students and adults in schools, churches, orphanages, senior citizen facilities and youth organizations across America and Canada.
Our organization's mother chapter, The Chicago Buffalo Soldiers was founded in 1993 by Ken "Dream-Maker" Thomas, a Chicago police officer. In 1994 "Dream-Maker" changed the club's name to The Chicago Buffalo Troopers. Over the next five years the States of Maryland, Florida, Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey were authorized to form independent chapters of the Buffalo Soldiers wearing the "colors" designed by Ken "Dream-Maker" Thomas. In 1999 "Dream-Maker" and the presidents of the five other independent chapters, Brian Bulow, Carl "Road-Dog" Laury, "AJ" Hill, Brian Gillis and "TC" Costley began discussions on forming a National Organization. They met in a large rented tent in Greenville, South Carolina at the site of the 1999 Black Bikers National Round-Up. During that meeting the formation of the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was approved and the officers were selected by the members of the chapters in attendance. Ken "Dream-Maker" Thomas became the National Organization's first President and remains a positive influence in the organization today.
Since 1999 our organization has experienced many changes and tremendous growth. In 2005 the organization became international by adding one of its first chapters from Canada, the Buffalo Soldiers of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In August of 2006 our organization changed its name to The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Clubs Incorporated to reflect the inclusion of those chapters like Chicago that use the name Buffalo Troopers instead of Buffalo Soldiers.
Today the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Clubs Incorporated have ninety six (96) chapters covering thirty four (34) states and two (2) countries. Our organization's mission remains the same since our inception in 1999. However our message is more clearly articulated through the continued refinement of our words and deeds as we serve in our communities to educate the general public about the rich history of the original Buffalo Soldiers and the role that they played in America's history. Finally and most importantly we continue to refine our efforts and develop new initiatives nationally to work within our communities to assist those of less fortunate means and to change the image that many Americans have about the Black Biker and the rich legacy we represent.
The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Clubs Incorporated are currently under the direction of Ken "Dream- Maker" Thomas who is serving his second tour as National President.