Profiles in Leadership: Anthony Vaughn’s goal is to let the community know the BBA’s doors are open
When Anthony Vaughn Jr. was tapped to be the treasurer of the Brooklyn Bar Association it tentatively put him in line to be its president in five years. When that happens, he will likely be the association’s third black president, and its first black male president, a fact that was a little surprising to him.
“My initial reaction was that it’s exciting, and I’m humbled, but I was also surprised by that,” Vaughn said. “This is Brooklyn. If you look around the borough at the racial dynamic, it’s stunning that there have been so few African-American presidents.
“There has only been one so far, Armena Gayle will be the second, and I’ll be the third,” he continued. “I’m hopeful that by seeing Armena and later myself as president, it will help bolster the message of outreach that we have.”
Vaughn was born in Washington D.C. the same year his father graduated from law school. The family moved to Hawaii when his father became a JAG officer in the Navy and after a little over three years they moved to Texas when his dad got a job as an assistant U.S. attorney in Fort Worth.