Thu Feb 25 2016 | 2016-05-25 11:00:00 - 2016-05-25 13:30:00 @ Frank Hayden Community Room, Downtown College
Ed Dwight is a former Air Force Test Pilot, America’s First African American Astronaut Candidate, IBM Computer Systems Engineer, Aviation Consultant, and Construction Entrepreneur. A true renaissance man.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, Ed left his hometown in 1953 to join the U.S. Air Force. After completing pilot training, he served as a military fighter pilot and obtained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University. In 1961 Dwight was chosen by President John F. Kennedy to enter training as an Experimental Test Pilot in preparation to become the first African American Astronaut candidate.
Ed’s childhood dream was to become an artist. For the last 30+ years, Ed has focused his direction on fine art sculptures, large-scale memorials and public art projects. He has become one of the most prolific and insightful sculptors in America. Ed has created over 100 public art commissions in his 32 year career.