History of the National Association Buffalo Soldiers
and Troopers M/C Clubs
Origin of the Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club

       The history of the
National Association of Buffalo Soldiers &
Troopers Motorcycle Clubs (NABSTMC)   began with a dream; in this
case, the dream of Ken 'Dream Maker' Thomas. Believing that it was
time to establish a modern progressive motorcycle club whose focus
was to promote a positive image among Blacks that would be
respected in the community and throughout the country, Thomas
founded the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Chicago in October
1993. The name Buffalo Soldiers was initially selected to pay homage
to and ensure the legacy of African American military contributions in
the post Civil War era. Under the leadership of Ken Thomas, the new
club was chartered as the Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club of
        Membership in the club grew to a total of ninety-two (92) during that first year, making it the largest Black motorcycle club in Chicago, IL. The
clubhouse was located at 8510 South Ashland Avenue. The clubhouse displayed many items dedicated to the history and memory of the Buffalo Soldiers such
as pictures, books, statues, and an authentic buffalo head donated by member Ernie Daurham. In 1996, the club moved from this location to its current
location at 13836 South Indiana Avenue, in Riverdale, Illinois. The club's popularity grew as members attended the national roundups and rallies held in
various cities in the country. This popularity transformed into interest of other clubs in affiliation with the Buffalo Troopers M/C of Chicago, Illinois.

       Then, Brian Bulow, a former President of the Maryland Chapter, and now a former Vice President of the
NABSTMC saw the Chicago Buffalo Troopers
at the Atlanta Roundup and displayed an interest in starting a chapter. That interest resulted in the first chapter to wear the "patch" outside of Chicago,
Illinois. Soon afterwards, others showed an interest and started chapters, the next four being Florida, Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey. In 1999, the clubs
collectively formed the
NABSTMC which currently consists of seventy-nine member chapters throughout the United States and internationally with
additional clubs petitioning for membership. All the chapters of the association determine whether they want to be recognized as "Buffalo Soldiers or
Troopers". However, all the member clubs wear the patch designed by the Chicago, Illinois chapter and subscribe to the
NABSTMC rules, regulations, and
Ken "Dreammaker" Thomas
President and Founder
        The NABSTMC is now an active participant in numerous charitable functions including supporting senior citizen
homes, student scholarships and food and fund drives for charitable organizations, i.e. The March of Dimes and Toys for
Tots. The
NABSTMC has also taken the responsibility of mentors to area youth and educational programs, which share
enlightenment of the heritage that African-Americans have played in the United States. We are also actively involved in
recognizing the accomplishments and sacrifices of the Tuskegee Airmen. NABSTMC encourage a positive image and
behavior of our members and affiliates. We believe that we are role models and share a responsibility and a positive value
system to our respective communities. The member chapters do not discriminate against race, religion, gender or ethnic
origin. We are an organization majority comprised of minority members and accept those who share our values and
support our cause.