Motorcycle association holds first event of riding season

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WORLD OF SOUL Motorcycle Community’s founder Terry Hardy (seated on bike) with fellow riders, community youth and mentors in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Black Wall Street monument in the Greenwood district, the site of the destruction of the Black community. (Photo credit: World of Soul Motorcycle Community File Photo)

Motorcycle group begins riding season with an event to scale up support for education.

With temperatures in the low 50s and early morning rain, the World of Soul Motorcycle Community recently held its annual Bike Blessing event at 9300 S. Lafayette, next to the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Bike Blessings are an annual tradition in which bikers are encouraged with a ministerial message of hope believed to bring safety for the coming riding season. World of Soul Motorcycle Community Association – as an organization – in-turn strives to be an encouragement to the community with this family-friendly affair.

MEMBERS OF THE World of Soul Motorcycle Community (l-r) Melvin Griffin, Chris Fischer and community organizer Terry Hardy give tribute to fallen riders. (Photo by Charlie Smith)

As the rain stopped and the sun emerged to clear skies, the event opened with an hour of networking, World of Soul Motorcyclist Association free trial membership registration and coffee provided courtesy of World of Soul Premium Coffee featuring products from Ethiopia, Africa.

World of Soul Motorcycle Community’s founder, Terry Hardy served as host.

Hardy’s welcome message and opening monologue relayed organizational objectives, including bringing the motorcycle community together with the community-at-large by way of collaboration on important issues such as education and the reduction of violence.

The group has been working the increase the amount of college tours departing Chicago in route to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

GEARED UP IN Harley-Davidson apparel, City of Chicago, 21st Ward Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. speaks about his prayer for motorcycle safety. (Photo by Terry Hardy)

City Council’s 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. presented comments on motorcycle safety. Specifically, the issue of riding while confronted by the problem of distracted drivers. Myrtis Smiley of Phormed Alliance Motorcycle Club won a new LS2 Helmet from a raffle held using the association’s onsite registration. A live performance of “The Blessing Train” by songwriter Vic Murray and rapper Zo moved the crowd with a thumping beat and encouraging lyrics.

Fallen riders who are no longer with the association were acknowledged before the individual bikers recited “The Biker’s Prayer.” Guest speaker Max Kholodenko, Chaplain of Christ for Life Motorcycle Club, spoke about the road to salvation followed by remarks, closing prayer and a Bike Blessing by Rev. J. Leon Thorn of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church. Members of Gideons International offered bibles to attendees desiring to receive them.

CONCERNED BLACK MEN responding to Chief Dase’s call for mentors during a tour of Chicago Public Schools in network 12. Above, Bowen High School students present evidence to support the need for opportunities that showcase their full potential.

Hardy expressed his gratitude for the attendees and supporters. “I am glad we were able to execute this first time event and look forward to planning for next year. I am thankful to Max Kholodenko, George Velazquez and the rest of the members of Christ for Life Motorcycle Club for their mentorship and support, the members of Gideons International, Lester Lewis’ Stage2show.tv for the great sound production, the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, the City of Chicago Department of Transportation, our leader in the city council 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. and my friend in the neighborhood Pastor J. Leon Thorn of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church who has time and time again opened the church’s doors to facilitate World of Soul Motorcycle Community’s opportunities for all to receive a benefit,” said Hardy.

The group is planning to produce a citywide motorcycle event to rally the community in support of Chicago’s youth and their pursuit of a post-secondary education the weekend of July 7, 2018.

 About World of Soul Motorcycle Community

More information about World of Soul Motorcycle Community is available at www.worldofsoulmc.com and www.rideforchangerideforhope.org or call Terry Hardy directly at 773-220-2602.

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