Interview with Ed Vaughn
QUESTION 2
SAM POLLARD:

What were you trying to tell the community?

ED VAUGHN:

I think what we were trying to, to say to them--

SAM POLLARD:

What were, what were you trying to tell the community?

ED VAUGHN:

I think what we were trying to say to them at that time was that we needed to control the community in which we lived, it was kind of sad that we lived in a community where we did not control the, the social, economic, and political conditions of the community. Ah, we were surrounded by a, a White police force, we called them an army of occupation, we had hardly any Blacks in any political offices in the city, we had no judges, we had had one on the City Council, a council of nine, we did not have elected officials, in, in, in any numbers. Ah, we did not own the, as si--sig--significant a number of businesses as we felt we should. Ah, we did not control the social life in the city, we felt that we needed to control that and that it needed a Black orientation.

SAM POLLARD:

That's good, that's good, that's good.