Harvey Gantt

Gantt Museum

Many people only connect the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture to its tall upscale building uptown, its home for the past eight years. But the museum goes back to 1974, well before it was named for Gantt, a former Charlotte mayor and longtime community leader.

Harvey Gantt stands on the steps of Sikes Hall on the day he entered Clemson University, Jan. 28, 1963.
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On this episode of SouthBound we talk to Harvey Gantt, who has spent his whole life pushing against the boundaries of the South. 

SouthBound Extra: A Preview Of Harvey Gantt Interview

Nov 9, 2017
Harvey Gantt
Courtesy Harvey Gantt

WFAE’s new podcast, SouthBound, aims to engage in conversations with people who reveal how the region shapes who they are and what they do. It debuts Nov. 15.

Host Tommy Tomlinson’s first guest is Harvey Gantt. He was Charlotte’s first African-American mayor when he served two terms in the 1980s. He then had memorable campaigns against U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. He talks about all that in his conversation with Tommy.

The downfall of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon is hitting home with those who preceded him in the office.

Pat McCrory, who served seven terms as the city's mayor before becoming North Carolina's governor, vowed Thursday to take an active role in winning back voters' trust in the mayor's office.   Another ex-mayor of Charlotte, Harvey Gantt, served from 1983 to 1987.

WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Gantt about Cannon's arrest on federal corruption charges, and the role of mayor under Charlotte's "Council/Manager" form of government.

Cecil Williams via scetv.org

Charlotte newcomers may recognize the name "Gantt" because it's on the Center for African Arts and Culture Uptown. They may even know Harvey Gantt was the city's first African American mayor. But the name carries even more weight in South Carolina, where Gantt had a major role in desegregation. That is the subject of a new documentary airing this weekend on ETV – the South Carolina public television station.  WFAE's Julie Rose explains: