Chosen for the moon, he became a star

Ed Dwight joined the U.S. Air Force after obtaining a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Arizona State University. In 1961 he was chosen by the United States President John F. Kennedy to enter the experimental test pilot program to become the first African American Astronaut. However the untimely death of the U.S. President may have prevented him from going into space.


He resigned from the Air Force in 1966 and became a Renaissance Man; an IBM Computer Systems Engineer, a Aviation Consultant , a Real Estate Developer and Construction Entrepreneur but focused his energy on art and  earned an Masters Degree in Fine Arts sculpture from the University of Denver in 1977.  He had only became an engineer because of his dad, who was Edward Dwight Sr., who played second base for the Kansas City Monarchs, the longest running team in the Negro Baseball league.  As a results of following his own passion he became one of the most prolific and insightful sculptors in America.


His first serious artist work was in celebration of the Colorado’s first African American Lt. Governor, George Brown. He was then commissioned by the Colorado Centennial Commission to create a series of bronzes titled, “Black Frontiers in the American West.”  With the support of The National Parks Service  the 50 bronze were on exhibit for several years throughout the United States.

Here are some of his memorial sculptors: Texas History – Austin TX


SC African American History – Columbia SC


Underground railroad – Detroit MI.


Underground railroad – Battle Creek MI


Rosa Parks Memorial – Grand Rapids MI


Hank Arron – Atlanta GA


B.B. King Memorial – Memphis TN


Dizzy Gillespie – Cheraw  SC


Ed Dwight created over 100 Public Art sculptures. He has a gallery of African, Jazz, Black History, Black Western, small works and paintings.


Special life-time opportunities will come to some, but if you follow your passion and do the work you will receive your reward. As a two-time military veteran I feel like I have a little of that Tuskegee Airman and the Buffalo Soldier in me. I started writing late and I finally wrote my story. If you don’t write your story, no one else will.




Author: hackettglobalmarketing14

I'm a two time military veteran (Air Force & US Army). I started blogging to keep my mind active after 40+ years of work. I joined the Air Force to escape the auto assembly line in Detroit. I went to Libya North Africa where Col. Muammar Graddafi was forcing the closure of the base there. The base commander, Col. Daniel "Chappie" James kept a lid on the situation. I was later commissioned in the Army, and "Chappie" became the first African American Four Star General for the Air Force. Blogging just opened up the flood gates. Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!! will be my blog novel. If you don't write your story who will?

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