Everett Redd Papers at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Everett Redd was born on June 7, 1924, in Goodman, Mississippi. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945, after which he relocated to Los Angeles, California. Over the years, he was employed by an unspecified plant and the County of Los Angeles's Building Services Department. In addition, he and his brother, Sherman, ran a maintenance business. He also managed, and possibly owned, a motorcycle bar and clubhouse called The Tropical Inn. Redd was a motorcycle enthusiast who, according to his memorial service program, started a motorcycle magazine in 1964 called BAM Motorcycle. He also wrote a newsletter for cyclists, The Tropical Weekly News; edited and wrote for the Bronze Motorcycle News Bulletin; and drafted the by-laws for the Universal Motorcycle Association. He was a member of the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club, where he earned the nickname, "Sexy". Redd died on January 19, 2006.
This collection consists of the personal papers of Everett Redd and materials related to his association with motorcycle clubs. The personal papers contain his military service records, printed matter on friends and family, correspondence, insurance information, business cards, and his memorial service program, among others. The motorcycle club material includes business licenses and permits for The Tropical Inn; copies of the Tropical Weekly News and the Bronze Motorcycle News Bulletin; printed matter; by-laws for the Universal Motorcycle Association; and meeting schedules for different motorcycle clubs.