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AACHM Oral History: Gerald Edwards

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 3:32pm

Gerald Edwards was born in 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio. He remembers being discriminated against as one of three African American students at his elementary school in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education. At Heidelberg College, he participated in sit-ins to help found a Black Student Union House. After beginning his career in automotive manufacturing with Ford Motor Company, Mr. Edwards started his own business, Engineered Plastic Products, in 1987. He and his wife Jada also started the Edwards Foundation, which was dedicated to philanthropy in Namibia.

From Left To Right, Kerchavel Patterson, Doug Lewis, & Carl Carter Of The Washtenaw County Buffalo Soldiers Posing, August 1994

From Left To Right, Kerchavel Patterson, Doug Lewis, & Carl Carter Of The Washtenaw County Buffalo Soldiers Posing, August 1994 image
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Ann Arbor News, August 15, 1994
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Members of the Washtenaw County Buffalo Soldiers, from left, Kerchavel Patterson, Doug Lewis and Carl Carter, are dedicated to continuing the legacy of the black cavalry unit, which was begun in 1866.