Jerry Vaughn Community Programs

All of our Jerry Vaughn Community Programs (books) are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods. Our programming is rooted in movements that build the community's power to transform the fragmentation, displacement, and loss of culture that result from histories of exploitation, genocide, and colonialism. We commune and create in ways that amplify the narratives of communities of color, cultivate solidarity in Monterey County, and center self-exploration and cultural expression.

Who was Jerry Vaughn?

You were an amazing father and an even better grandfather. At 6’7” your presence could never go unnoticed. Bearing witness to the relationships you had and that you continued to cultivate until your passing in 2017 was truly a blessing. I miss you, Dad.
— FoCMC's Executive Director & Co-founder, Adisa Vaughn
 
 Jerry with his granddaughter, Alani at her birthday party in 2014.

Jerry with his granddaughter, Alani at her birthday party in 2014.

 
I remember 1983 in Oak Park, Sacramento when it was ‘relaxing time’, you’d get a book, put on your Miles Davis record, and sit on the porch while I dribbled on the sidewalk. Reminding me, “Dribble with your head up and keep it below your waist.” Those were your passions, Jazz, reading, basketball, giving back, and building community. As a young man attending MPC, you and two of your best friends started a summer program called UJIMA. You wanted to give Black youth in Seaside an opportunity to travel outside our tiny community and watch professional sporting events. Although it only lasted for 2 years, you and your friends commitment to the community was magic. Maybe that’s why you joined the Black Panther Party?! You were looking for that same committment to Black liberation and found it in them.
— FoCMC's Executive Director & Co-founder, Adisa Vaughn
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Dad, I remember you telling Danny, Arthur, David, and I that if we didn’t know how to read or if we didn’t like to read or want to learn how things worked in the world that ‘the world would run by us like Carl Lewis!’ I remember reading every Saturday for an hour then explaining what we had read to you, writing up a one-page report, and you’d really grade us on our grammar and content!!
— FoCMC's Executive Director & Co-founder, Adisa Vaughn
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