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Ezola Foster
Personal details
Born(1938-08-09)August 9, 1938
Maurice, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedMay 22, 2018(2018-05-22) (aged 79)
Boulder City, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 1984)
Republican (1984–2000)
Reform (2000–2002)
Constitution (2002–2018)
Alma materTexas Southern University

Ezola Broussard Foster (August 9, 1938 – May 22, 2018)[1] was an American conservative political activist, writer, and politician. She was president of the interest group Black Americans for Family Values, author of the book What's Right for All Americans, and the Reform Party candidate for Vice President in the U.S. presidential election of 2000 with presidential nominee Pat Buchanan. In April 2002, Foster left the Reform Party for the United States Constitution Party.

Career and political activism

Foster was born and reared in Maurice in Vermilion Parish in southwestern Louisiana and earned a master's degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. In 1960, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she was employed as a public high school teacher for thirty-three years—teaching typing, business courses, and sometimes English classes.

She had sought public office prior to 2000—as a Democrat in the 1970s and as a Republican candidate for California State Assembly in 1986. In the 1980s, she became an outspoken opponent of pornography, sex education, AIDS education and gay rights and founded "Black Americans for Family Values." She has been affiliated with the paleoconservative John Birch Society. She was arrested in 1987 with several other women while disrupting the California state Republican convention to protest its recognition of the Log Cabin Club, an organization of gay Republicans. In 1992, she was a staunch defender of the police officers in the Rodney King beating case and organized a testimonial dinner for Laurence Powell, one of the convicted officers, in 1995.[2]

In 1994, while teaching at Bell High School in Bell, California, Foster was a public advocate of Proposition 187, a California ballot initiative to deny government programs of social services, health care, and public education to illegal immigrants. Her position was extremely unpopular at the school where she taught, which was 90 percent Hispanic.[citation needed] In 1996, after she argued on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour that illegal immigration was responsible for the low quality of Los Angeles schools, some of her colleagues at the school condemned her in an open letter. Two days later, she attended an anti-illegal-immigration rally where several of her supporters were attacked by members of the Progressive Labor Party, who allegedly wanted to harm Foster herself. Shortly thereafter, she left her job, which she calls a necessity resulting from her treatment at work. She went on speaking tours for the John Birch Society and took workers' compensation for an undisclosed mental disorder—which she describes as "stress" and "anxiety"—until her official retirement as a teacher in 1998.

Foster has appeared on Larry King Live, CBS This Morning, CNN & CO., Nightline, NewsTalk Television, CNN Live, MSNBC, Politically Incorrect, and various CBS, NBC, and ABC newscasts.[3]

2000 election

Pat Buchanan, noting Foster's conservative media credentials and public speaking abilty, asked her to be his running mate after Jim Traficant of Ohio, Teamsters Union president James P. Hoffa, and others declined his request. His critics claimed Foster, who had never held political office, was chosen because she was African-American; they likened it to affirmative action, a diversity-increasing policy that Buchanan had always opposed.[2]

Foster, who supported Buchanan's campaigns in 1992 and 1996, quit her speaking tour to join the race. While Buchanan was hospitalized during part of the campaign, Foster was the face of the campaign, making television and radio appearances. She is the first African-American and second woman (after Geraldine Ferraro) to be nominated for vice president by a party that was recognized and funded by the Federal Election Commission.[2]

Congressional run

Foster ran for Congress in the June 5, 2001, special election in California's 32nd district to replace deceased representative Julian Dixon as the Reform Party candidate and garnered 1.5% of the vote.[4]

Personal life

Foster was Catholic. Her first marriage ended in annulment, she said, when she found out that her husband was a convicted felon.[5] Later, in 1977, she married Chuck Foster, a truck driver.[6]

Published works

  • Foster, Ezola (1995). What's Right for All Americans. Waco, Texas: Wrs Publications. ISBN 978-1-56796-058-7.

See also


  1. ^ "Ezola Foster (1938–2018)". Find a Grave. June 22, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Stanley, Timothy (2012). The Crusader: The Life and Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan. New York City: St. Martin's Press. pp. 346–47, 349–50. ISBN 978-0-312-58174-9.
  3. ^ "Who is Ezola? – Ezola Foster for Congress". UCLA Digital Library. 2001. Retrieved February 9, 2009.
  4. ^ "June 25, 2001 Special Election Results". JoinCalifornia. June 5, 2001. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Barrett, Beth (August 21, 2000). "Foster Finds 'Political Soul Mate'". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019 – via
  6. ^ Carlson, Peter (September 13, 2000). "Pat Buchanan's Far Right Hand". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2019.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Pat Choate
Reform nominee for Vice President of the United States
Succeeded by
Peter Camejo
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