SJCC celebrates the United Nation’s Universal Day of Peace

Dianne Escalante

[media-credit id=1 align=”alignleft” width=”191″]James "Jesse James" Williams[/media-credit]
James “Jesse James” Williams talks about the history of the motorcycle club known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

An inspirational ceremony to honor the courage of bravery of the Buffalo Solder was held at San Jose City College. The highlight of the day was the presentation of a commendation by mayor incumbent Sam Liccardo, on behalf of the City of San Jose.
Approximately 500 African American “Buffalo soldiers” dutiful served in Yosemite National Park to evict poachers and timber thieves and extinguish fires, they later became America’s first park rangers.
The San Jose Chapter and the South Bay Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers and friends arrived with the roar on motorcycles or they call mechanical horses.
African American soldiers were given the name Buffalo Soldier by the Creek Indians, a Native American tribe.” “The history of the Buffalo solder was that these soldiers came from the cotton fields.” “African American soldiers were not able to serve in the military and assigned to a segregated unit but used for support for the quartermaster.” “These soldiers paved the way for an integrated military today and are here to honor the history of African Americans men that contributed to the building of America,” said historian James “Jessie James” Williams.
This day of peace was open to the public with a free barbeque of chicken, steak, carnitas, rice and beans. Dessert of cake and ice cream provided by community partner San Jose Chapter of Links, Incorporated. Entertainment provided by Native American South Plain group Drum and Feathers. The dance group Akome Arts performed traditional dances and an art exhibit displaying a gallery of photographs of the Buffalo Soldiers ending the day of peace.