NYC Honorary Street Names

Foster, W

Rev. Wendell T. Foster Way (Bronx)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Forest Avenue and 161st Street
Honoree: The late Rev. Foster (1924-2019) was a trailblazer, well known for his community advocacy. He was empowered to run for the City Council by the indifference of the political leaders before him. In 1978, after numerous attempts, he became the first African-American from the Bronx to hold any political office. This historic achievement marked the start of diversity among Bronx political and government representation. As the former Council Member of District 16, he responded to the “Burning of the Bronx,” by creating low-income homeownership opportunities in Highbridge and expanding parks and open space throughout his district. He served as Council Member for 24 years before passing the reign onto his daughter, Helen Diane Foster. His retirement from the City Council allowed him to dedicate his time fully to the congregation of Christ Church UCC. As their Pastor, he offered powerful sermons that encouraged worshippers to become more engaged in their spiritual and civic duties. He would serve in this role for 40 years before he became Pastor Emeritus. (Salamanca)
LL:2021/14


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