Omar Williams, president of the Zodiac Motorcycle Club. 

The service-oriented Zodiac Motorcycle Club has focused on encouraging rider education and peace for nearly 50 years. The club is the oldest African-American motorcycle club in Kansas City, located at 1825 Vine St.

Last month, Kansas City council honored the Zodiac Motorcycle Club with a resolution for its many contributions to the community.

“Contrary to popular belief, not all motorcycle organizations are aggressive and disorderly,” said Councilwoman Melissa Robinson laughing. “From California, to the Carolinas, the Zodiac Motorcycle Club of Greater Kansas City is well respected throughout the African-American motorcycle club culture.”  

Members of the club are not just people who love to ride motorcycles, but those who also strive to put peace first and advocate for creating a positive social outlet.

Zodiac members are known to encourage and educate the community on rider safety and speak out against street racing.

Every year in October, the group also holds its annual block party inviting the whole community to celebrate the club.

“I remember being a kid and engaging with the Zodiacs,” said Councilman Brandon Ellington. “I’ve always appreciated (the Zodiac Motorcycle Club).”

Omar Williams, president of the Zodiac Motorcycle Club said the group is thankful to be honored by city council and looks forward to building a healthy and strong relationship for the betterment of the 18th and Vine District and the entire community.

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