15Buffalo Soldiers PhotoIf you have lived in Fayetteville for any amount of time, you have probably been stuck in traffic while hundreds of motorcyclists jam up the roads in some kind of motorcycle procession. I know times like this may be frustrating, but your patience and understanding help others safely travel to raise money for various charities, groups and individuals in the area.

One of these charitable groups is the Fayetteville Chapter Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers & Trooper Motorcycle Club.

On July 21, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club presented five checks for $1,000 each to five high school students. The gift was part of the club’s College Scholarship of Excellence awards. The recipients of this year’s academic achievement awards are Nyah Kite, Harnett Central High; Destiny McMillian, Fairmount High; Mailyn Nelson, E.E. Smith; Myles Nooks, E.E. Smith; and Jesenia Ortiz-Ruiz, Cumberland International Early College High School.

The Buffalo Soldiers’ proud history originally started with members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed Sept. 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the all-black cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866 and still celebrated today.

The heroic efforts of the original Buffalo Soldiers led to the creation of a motorcycle club named in their honor. The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of North Carolina was formed June 1, 2001. The idea was to have Fayetteville and the state of North Carolina represented by some of the finest military and civilian personnel and to also uphold the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers from the 9th and 10th Calvary.

For more information about the Buffalo Soldiers motorcycle club, visit www.ncbuffalosoldiers.com or contact their Public Relation Committee chair, Dorian “ShoTime” Brunson at shotime.bsmc@gmail.com.

If there is a topic you would like to discuss, you can contact me at motorcycle4fun@aol.com. RIDE SAFE!

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