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the man who nearly became the first African-American to reach space

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Born in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas in 1933, Dwight’s father, Ed Dwight, Sr, performed second base for the Kansas Metropolis Monarchs of the Negro League. His mom, Georgia Baker Dwight, inspired the boy from a younger age, and Ed Jr. grew to become an avid reader, capable of work properly together with his palms — together with creating artwork, a ardour to which he would later return.