State Rep Nominee Burgess Foster of the Michigan House District I, Praying for the city of Detroit during Men's Day @ New Prospect MBC. Photo taken by Phil Lewis

Burgess "Dwight" Foster graduated from the University of North Carolina Higher Education System in December 2003 with a B.A. Cum Laude in American History with a Minor in Political Science. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta-the National History Honor Society Incorporated and has presented research at Yale on Black Political History: "I Yield to the Distinguished Gentlemen: The Detroit Delegation in the U.S. Congress, 1955-1965." A historical analysis of Congressman John Conyers, Jr and Charles Cole Diggs (The first African American elected to the U.S. Congress from Michigan in 1954).


Mr. Foster is a faithful member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church where he serves faithfully as a Minister in the Sunday School.


He earned a Master’s of Science degree in Management from the highly acclaimed University of Maryland Higher Education System specializing in Management.  And his second Master's transcript is from the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School in Public Administration specializing in Government Operations and his third graduate level transcript is from Wayne State University in American History.. He is the father of four sons, Justin, Bernard, Brandin and Austin ages 23 - 29. He graduated from Detroit Southeastern in 1986.

Burgess is a  20% service connected disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps. The Michigan Legislative aspirant plays chess and he and his wife Traci enjoy riding their bikes after work in their neighborhood.

Mr. Foster also enjoys the literary arts. He is a fan of Sterling Brown (Harlem Renaissance), Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov; Crime & Punishment), Langston Hughes (Mother to a Child, Negro Speaks of Rivers), Moliere (Tartuffe bka The Imposter), Shakespeare (Richard III, Othello, Taming of a Shrew) and Tolstoy (War & Peace).... 

His favorite period in American History is "Reconstruction." He thinks reading the archives of the Congressional Record is better than reading Harry Potter! He says "when you read the actual words of men like Benjamin Franklin Butler (R-MA), Zacharia Chandler (R-MI), Henry Winter Davis (R-MD), James Garfield (R-OH), Rutherford B. Hayes (R-OH), Thaddeus Stevens (R-PA) Charles Sumner (R-MA), Benjamin Franklin Wade (R-OH) while in debate about the public questions of their day, it gives one a more lucid picture of the men who would espouse to manage the country, and in the case of a few, their attitudes on the slavery question prior to becoming president."

He was a candidate for Detroit City Council in both 1993, and 2009 placing in the top one third of 167 candidates vying for one of the nine seats. He was endorsed by the Democratic Party in 2010 of the 14th District as a State Rep Candidate in District 5. Subsequently that district has been redrawn. He was a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2014 so he could go to Washington and help President Barack H. Obama bring about creative palpable policies. Burgess was also a candidate for State Rep District 3 in 2016. Those who know Burgess recognize his sincerity and there is no need to embellish his accomplishments.  As you peruse through his website, you will see the compelling reasons to vote for Burgess Dwight Foster.