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Moten-Foster's daughter, the Rev. Pamela Emmanuel, said she considered her mother the ultimate role model.
"She was just concerned with youth, her community, her church, of course, and her family,"
said Emmanuel. "She believed in giving everyone an ear, and anyone she could help, she helped."
In 1991, with the help of some friends at Ball State University, Moten-Foster launched The Muncie Times, an
Twenty years later, the twice-monthly paper has a circulation of more than 10,000 readers.
Judy Mays, who has served as program coordinator for Minority Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County,
remembers approaching Moten-Foster with hopes of joining her staff on The Muncie Times.
"And it just developed into her being just a strong mentor, and not only an employer, but a
dear, dear friend," Mays said. "She was just very invested in people and into this community."
Emmanuel said she plans on taking over The Muncie Times with her daughter in honor of her mother's memory.
A recipient of Indiana's Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor a governor can bestow, Moten-Foster began her
life and career in the South and made several stops before landing in Muncie nearly 30 years ago.
Born in Selma, Ala., Moten-Foster's career in media was sparked just out of high school, when she worked as a radio
announcer in Birmingham, Ala. She later worked in radio and then television in Miami, Fla., New York City and
Indianapolis. While living in Indianapolis, she was on the committee that started the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving
Dinner, and was a founding member of the Indiana Black Expo.
She moved to Muncie in the early 1980s and married Ball State University professor Robert O. Foster. She helped
launch the Muncie Coalition of 100 Black Women, organized Muncie's city-wide celebration of Black History Month
and helped establish the Muncie Black Expo.
Moten-Foster also organized the MLK Dream Team, where she worked side-by-side with Rep. Dennis Tyler.
"Bea has left quite a legacy," Tyler said. "She was a pretty darned proud supporter and advocate
for her community, and she did it very faithfully and very well through her newspaper."
Moten-Foster also helped organize the annual Muncie Kwanzaa Celebration, the Juneteenth Celebration and Muncie
Black Expo's annual Health and Employment Fair.
Dan Canan, who served as Muncie mayor from 1996 through 2007, worked alongside Moten-Foster on a variety of
"Bea was a close friend," Canan said. "She was a gracious lady who always cared about the
community, not just the African-American community, but the community as a whole."
Moten-Foster last July was awarded the Indiana Black Expo 2010 Trail Blazer Award for her achievements in media, a
fitting honor, according to The Star Press Executive Editor Lisa Nellessen-Lara.
"Bea Foster paved the way for journalists everywhere, especially women," Nellessen-Lara said.
"She wasn't afraid to fight for what she believed in. She never gave up and thanks to her
dedication, she made the community a stronger place for everyone -- a better place."
Other honors bestowed upon Moten-Foster included the Spirit of Chief Muncie Award, the Indiana State Chamber of
Commerce's Outstanding Business Person of the Year for 1996 and Essence Magazine Woman.
Moten-Foster had one daughter, Emmanuel, and had three step-children: Holly Coleman and Brad and Danny Foster.
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