Reflections SPOKEN WORD POETRY BY RADUE “ZULU” SHAKUR
The legacy of the original Buffalo Soldiers transcends space and time, their persistence and determi-nation
influenced future generations so their memory would never be left behind.
Faced with unimaginable hardships, broken bodies and torn clothes, this didn’t hinder their mission,
it only fortified their souls.
So here we stand, emerged from the battlefields of segregation as the next generation, still making
history, still defying odds, still holding it down, but as a National Association.
The N.A.B.S.T.M.C. was established to honor the Buffalo Soldiers of history,
so that we may tell our own stories of bravery and remove the clouds of mystery.
We must understand that justice to our truth will remain undone as long as
someone else is giving “their” account of “our” day in the sun.
So sit back and relax and allow me to educate you on a few Buffalo Soldier
FACT: North Carolina’s first Buffalo Soldier’s chapter was formed June
1, 2001 with mission in sight and much work to be done; Fayetteville’s first 14
made it about much more than just the ride, much more than just the fun.
They understood then, like we understand today, in order for our community
to succeed academically and economically, a pound of flesh we all must pay.
Through the years the Mother Chapter has grown and has raised 4 more
chapters along the way, still strong in her commitment, guided by an unyielding
moral compass while under the command of none other than Mr. J.
FACT: With Greensboro soldiers having a lot to offer too, in 2006 somehow
they knew, they too established a chapter and began to pursue a worthwhile
mission, because it’s what we do!!!!
FACT: In 2008 Charlotte’s troop “F” stood up, so they could represent. The
Queen City Soldiers were now on a quest to keep the legacy full affect, holding
this history high and never letting it fall to neglect.
FACT: In 2010 Raleigh stepped into the light so they too could shine, giving
their time at community functions and finding worthwhile charities they could
support and stand behind.
FACT: In 2011 we the Wilmington Buffalo Soldiers crew made our humble
debut. With just five dedicated souls, just enough to secure our stronghold. In
and out of the Port City we maintained a high visibility. We could be seen at
Azalea and Pine Tree festivals, on Veteran’s Day’s and MLK parades.
And in our midst was an original Buffalo Soldier, Honorary member and a
man of highest caliber, Rest in peace Mr. Leroy McAlister.
We support our area Christmas toy drive, 13th St. House for Women, Fran’s
Fans, established this scholarship drive, have charity rides and give to families in
need to help rebuild their lives.
Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and, yes, Wilmington, your host
for today! We greet you all with much love and respect for the support you’ve
show in coming our way.
Top to bottom: The 29 cents Buffalo Soldiers postage stamp was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1994. The 4th Regiment of the U.S. Colored
Troops fought at the Battle of Forks Road in Wilmington in 1865, the year before the regiments that became the Buffalo Soldiers were created.
Some Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry are documented in 1890 wearing buffalo robes in Fort Keogh, Montana.
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