Esphur Foster and Charley Mae Foster Norwood credit their mother as a major influence to their community service work. "We saw our mother do it," explained Ms. Foster, speaking of Hattie Mae Foster's involvement in the PTA and coordination of voting registration drives. This passion was passed down to Ms. Foster and Mrs. Norwood, graduates of Lincoln High School class of 1957 and 1959, respectively. When their brother, Harold Foster, helped ignite the local civil rights movement in the 1960s, the sisters supported him and joined in some of the marches. Both continued their community involvement into the present, and have served on the board of directors of the Marion Cheek Jackson Center.
Sisters Esphur Foster and Charley Mae Foster Norwood both graduated from Lincoln High School, along with their little brother Harold Foster:
Esphur Foster about learning community service from their mother: