Native Son

The signs at the edges of Kansas City, Kansas, may proclaim it home of track star Maurice Greene, but if you ranked the most accomplished natives of that city, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more worthy than Ed Dwight. A renowned Air Force test pilot, Dwight was the first African-American to be chosen for the U.S. astronaut candidate training program and has since built a successful career as a sculptor. You can hear from Dwight himself at 11 a.m. today in Jewell Building Room 2325 of Kansas City, Kansas, Community College (7250 State Avenue in KCK), where he will present an address titled “An Odyssey: From Space to Sculpture.” Dwight’s latest commission is designing the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial, a sprawling sculpture that will be adjacent to the national World War II Memorial. His address is open to the public; for more information, call 913-334-1100.— McKay Stangler

Thu., Feb. 26, 2009