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            Howard University Sculpture Exhibition by Ed Dwight 

(Washington, DC, March 30, 2005) --The Office of the Director at Howard University is sponsoring a sculpture exhibition by Ed Dwight.   Dwight, a former Air Force test pilot and America’s first African-American astronaut trainee is one of the premier figurative artists in the world. Recently he was commissioned by the Black Patriots Foundation to create the Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial that would capture the patriotic spirit of those soldiers and other elements of the African American journey to freedom.

Images created by Mr. Dwight represent Africans before their uprooting, the African slave “emigration” to America, and the sacrifices made by African Americans for this country in the Revolutionary War and in every war since. More importantly, they emphasize their overwhelming influence on culture of America through their many contributions in music, dance, art, politics, and a civil rights legacy that has not only benefited all Americas but also been a beacon and example to oppressed people throughout world.

Ed Dwight’s works are displayed in the private collections and major museums and institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition will be on display from Tuesday, March 22, 2005 to Monday, April 11, 2005 in the Howard University Armour J. Blackburn University Center Gallery. A reception will be held in the Blackburn Center Gallery on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Gallery. .

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, six Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.  For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s web site at


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