Believing that it was time to establish a modern progressive motorcycle
club whose focus was to promote a positive image among African
Americans 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 Chicago.

Membership in the club grew to a total of ninety-two (92) during that first
year, making it the largest African American 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 five
being Florida, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey and California. In 1999, the clubs collectively formed
the NABSTMC which currently consists of over one hundred chapters throughout the United
States. All the chapters of the association voted in Ken "Dreammaker" Thomas President and
founder. All the members wear the patch that was originally designed by the Chicago, Illinois
chapter and subscribe to the NABSTMC rules, regulations, and by-laws.

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. The majority of our
organization is comprised of minority members who accept those who share our values and
support our cause.
Kenneth " Dream Maker" Thomas