Edward "Ed" Vaughn
Edward "Ed" Vaughn (born July 30, 1934) was an American politician, businessman, and activist who served as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1980 and again from 1995 to 2000. Vaughn was born in Abbeville, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and government from Fisk University.
Vaughn moved to Detroit in 1956. He served in the United States Army and worked for the United States Postal Service. Vaughn also worked at local restaurants and sold books out of his car. Vaughn later opened a Black Power bookstore called Vaughns Book Store on Livernois near McNichols in Detroit, supported by minister and writer Albert Cleage. The store became a bastion of the Black Power movement, and was significantly damaged during the Long, hot summer of 1967. Vaugh has been called an "understated Black Power icon" by Literary Hub. On November 7, 1978, Vaughn was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, where he represented the 8th district from January 10, 1979 to December 31, 1980. On November 8, 1994, Vaughn was again elected to in the state house where he represented the 4th district from January 11, 1995 until he was term limited on December 31, 2000.
He was an executive assistant to Mayor Coleman Young. Ed was president of the Thursday Luncheon Group, a Black Business luncheon held each thursday at the Cottilion Club in Detroit where Black business owners discuss and help to resolve issues in the community and politics.
This recording was made during a meeting with Black Men Incorporated, which Vaughn created to address Black men and their responsibility to their family and community. It was the first Pan African memorial day program and the anniversary of the Soweto massacre. It was held at the Malcomb X Center in detroit on June 16, 1990.
My oral histories and artist documentary footage are quite detailed and some are interviewed by other artists or supporters of the arts. They are being logged and arhcived for historical reference.
I am actively working to complete the archives of the footage, photographs and audio recordings of each individual to be submitted to the U.S. Library of Congress.