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the man who was almost the first African American to reach space



Dwight’s father, Ed Dwight, Sr., was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1933 and was the second base for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League. His mother, Georgia Baker Dwight, encouraged the boy from an early age, and Ed Jr. became an avid reader who could work well with his hands – including creating art, a passion to which he would later return.