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Edward Joseph (Ed) Dwight, Jr. (born September 9, 1933) is an American black sculptor and former test pilot who was the first African American to be trained as an astronaut. Various locations will display information about this accomplished man.
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|10:30 - 11:30 a.m.||Meet and greet with Ed at the Fiterman Gallery||Fiterman Gallery|
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.||Ed shares his life story||Room N451|
|3:00 - 4:00 p.m.||Dr. Sade Turnipseed speaks about cotton and Wall Street||Room N451|
About Ed Dwight
In 1961, the Kennedy administration selected Dwight as the first African American astronaut trainee, at the suggestion of the National Urban League's Whitney Young. His selection garnered international media attention, and Dwight appeared on the covers of newsmagazines such as Ebony, Jet, and Sepia.
After resigning from the Air Force, Dwight worked as an engineer, in real estate, and for IBM. He learned how to operate the University of Denver's metal casting foundry in the mid 1970s, and received a Master of Fine Arts from the University in 1977.
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