The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club will host their national convention at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton July 11 to July 18.
The organization is one of the world’s largest African American motorcycle clubs. Founded in 1996 by retired Chicago police officer Ken “DreamMaker” Thomas, it promotes a positive image of African Americans. There are 120 chapters of the club throughout the United States and South Korea. In addition to riding motorcycles, members help feed the homeless, build homes for families in need, mentor youth and provide scholarships to graduating seniors.
In partnership with the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank, the club will be distributing $10,000 worth of food to local residents at Hampton’s Bay Creek Apartments. They will donate 552 book bags filled with school supplies to children at the complex and various community centers in the city, according to information provided by the organization.
“We’re always looking to make a difference in the community. When we saw a need in Hampton, we wanted to do something with it,” said Nathan “Motown” Mack, National President of the organization.
By performing community initiatives, the group say they honor the history of the original Buffalo Soldiers who were African American servicemen enlisted in the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. These men served in various world events including the Mexican Expedition, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and more from 1866-1944. The members of the 9th Cavalry became some of the nation’s first National Park Service rangers.