Buffalo Soldiers Orlando
African Americans have served proudly in every great American war. Over two hundred thousand African American servicemen fought bravely during the Civil War. In 1866 through an act of congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American army units. The units were identified as the 9th and 10th cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st infantry regiments. The four infantry units were reorganized in 1868 as the 24th and the 25th infantry.
The colors (or the vests that are worn) represent a long history and Buffalo Soldiers wear them with pride and respect. The colors pay homage to African Americans of the 9th and 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers who sacrificed their lives so that our country could be what it is today. The Colors are a badge of courage, sacrifice and honor as are those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club (BSMC) was founded in 1993 in Chicago, IL by a retired Chicago Police Officer Kenneth “Dream Maker” Thomas, since 1993 the Organization has grown from one chapter to over 100 nationwide and overseas. In 1999 the Chapters collectively formed the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club, (NABSTMC). The NABSTMC consists of professional men and women dedicated to the sport of motorcycle riding, safety, and educating the general public about the rich history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers.
In the State of Florida there are eight Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Club Chapters. The Orlando Chapter was founded in 2007 by David “Radio” Phelan, and Evelyn “Softail” Benton. The Orlando Chapter has several charitable events that we organize on an annual basis, such as a scholarship program whereas we give several $1000.00 scholarships to local High School Seniors, provide free back to school haircuts and school supplies to school aged children, provide monetary donations to assist cancer survivors, provide gift bags to Senior Citizens of a local nursing home during Christmas, and purchase Christmas toys for families of children who are in need. The Orlando Chapter also participates in many community service projects such as, feeding the homeless and working with veterans.
Another objective of National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club is to educate those who are unfamiliar with the racism, sacrifices and hardships that the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry had to endure. Our vision is to instill this knowledge into the minds and hearts of our youth, so that they can be motivated to become better citizens and leaders of tomorrow. The National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club feel that by doing this, the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers of the past will live on forever and shall not be forgotten.