The BMOL is a benevolent society comprised of a diverse group of African-American men from the historical Treme Community in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Members are of various professions and backgrounds and range in age from 25 years old to 70+.
For 20 years, the BMOL have been rooted in Faurbourge Treme (Treme), America’s oldest registered historic African American neighborhood.
Treme includes New Orleans’ 6th and 7th wards, and is bound by Esplanade Avenue, North Rampart Street, St. Louis Street, North Broad Street.
The BMOL has celebrated its West African culture and traditions in Treme’ and around the world with authentic African outfits dancing in syncopation to Traditional New Orleans Jazz Music.
BMOL are committed to preserving traditional Jazz music, which was created by African Americans as a musical expression of the struggles and oppression and has been recognized by Congress as an American treasure.
The BMOL has historically held its annual parade on the Sunday before Labor Day to pay tribute to our Ancestors and the working men and woman of New Orleans.
This tradition changed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina when the parade was moved to the month of October. The BMOL will hold its 20th anniversary parade Sunday, October 20th, 2013.