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October 19, 2004

ADVISORY: Gallaudet Honors First African American Graduate

From: Gallaudet - Oct 19, 2004

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Darrick Nicholas
Media Relations Coordinator, Gallaudet University
PH: 202.448.7136

Gallaudet to honor its first African American graduate
Auditorium will carry moniker of famed educator

EVENT: Dedication, Andrew J. Foster Auditorium
DATE: Friday, October 22, 2004
TIME: 4 pm
LOCATION: Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002

(WASHINGTON) Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster, the father of deaf education in Africa, dedicated his life to the betterment of the deaf and hard of hearing community worldwide. This October, a renovated facility at his alma mater will reopen donning his name.

During its homecoming, Gallaudet University will unveil the newly renovated Andrew J. Foster Auditorium during a dedication ceremony, scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22. During the ceremony, organizers will also unveil a bust of the educator, recently donated to the university by the National Black Deaf Advocates. Members of the Foster family, including his wife Berta, will be on hand for the event.

Foster, in 1954 becoming the first African American to graduate from Gallaudet College, worked toward achieving his childhood dream of establishing schools for deaf students. Between 1957 and 1987, he established 31 schools and two centers in 13 African countries and a similar number of Sunday Schools/Bible meetings/Churches. The educator died in a plane crash in 1987.


About Gallaudet University
The mission of Gallaudet University is to serve as a comprehensive, multipurpose institution of higher education for deaf and hard of hearing citizens of the United States and of the world. In addition to its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the University also offers national demonstration elementary and secondary education programs. The only liberal arts university in the world designed exclusively for deaf and hard of hearing students, Gallaudet University is located in Washington, DC. TTY/V: 202.651.5000