Oakland City Council to Commemorate Founding of Historic East Bay Biker Club

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL | The East Bay Dragons will go from a bad-ass black biker club to respected community leaders Tuesday night when the Oakland City Council presents the group with a resolution commemorating their founding 55 years ago.

Councilmembers Desley Brooks and Larry Reid will honor the group, believed to be one of the first all-black biker clubs in the country, when it was formed in East Oakland. The resolution praises them for “being a positive social outlet for African-American men in Oakland,” along with its local activism. “The East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, when dealing with a community often battling negativity and violence, have remained a symbol of positive community activism, and pride within Oakland and within the African American community.”

However, the biker club was not always a symbol of peace. In 2011, a member was gunned down in front of the club’s headquarters on 88th Street and International Boulevard. A similar killing occurred decades earlier. In a first-person history written by its founder, Tobie Gene Levingston, he describes the early turmoil the club faced following the murder of one its members and the retaliation that followed.

“One of our member, Z, got himself shot and killed on the street corner right out in front our clubhouse late one Friday night,” Levingston wrote in Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set, published in 2003. “Z didn’t meet his maker alone. He took down one of their boys too, the ones that set out to kill him…In a blink of the eye, the shootout ended. Z got shot in the head, and the gunman never made it back to his car. Two black men lay face down on the sidewalk. Blood everywhere. One their guys and one of ours. Both gone.”

Later, he adds having no previous knowledge of the events leading to the shootings. “God knows I’m not one to judge another man over what he does or doesn’t do with his life. We aren’t saints here; we’ve all had our ups and downs.”

Categories: blacks, Desley Brooks, East Bay Dragons, Larry Reid, motorcycle club, murders, Oakland, Oakland City Council, resolution, Tobie Gene Livingston

7 replies

  1. Good For Oakland… Oakland has a storied history with the entire world. and for Oakland to Finally acknowledge one of the pioneering MC in the world is awesome.. i hope they did the same for the Angels???


  2. Yeah where are the Angels? Right there on Foothill in District 6 in Desley's turf.

    Certainly the Angels have contributed as much more more mayhem as the Dragons and are as much an important part of the Oakland wonderland.


  3. now whats wrong with the angels?? They give back to many charities.. i think you are giving them a bad rap 3:24 what have you done for your community??


  4. Me? Thanks for asking. I don't shoot people or beat them up and I don't sell or use crack. I don't ride my muffler-less Harley at high speeds on the Warren Freeway at 2 am when I run out of beer. Those are just starters.


  5. what you are is a person that is super nit picky and the type who stereo types people. You probably dont have many friends.probably dont have young friends, never been to a concert, fixed income having person… simple as that… your salary is probably not even a dent in our economy…so your irrelevant


  6. and you probably drive a foreign car and dont give back to society just bitch and complain


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