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The Freelon family

Acclaimed African American architect Phil Freelon of Durham died Tuesday at the age 66. He was diagnosed more than three years ago with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Freelon was well known for his work designing museums including the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture, which opened in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are putting a lot of effort into trying to make all classrooms equitable, meaning not just giving students the same resources, but ones that fit their particular needs. On Friday, more than 150 teachers gathered at the Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture to attend a two-day workshop on equity and how they can use the arts to better meet the needs of students of all cultures.

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Events are planned around Charlotte this weekend to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 90 this week. Among them is a full day of programming at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown featuring film screenings, art-making workshops, and community discussions.

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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.

Joseph McGill of Charleston, S.C., runs the Slave Dwelling Project.
Slave Dwelling Project

What would it be like to spend a night seeing life through the eyes of the enslaved? A program this weekend at the President James K. Polk historic site in Pineville will give a few people a chance to stay overnight in slave quarters. It's part of a seven-year quest by Joseph McGill of Charleston, SC. It's called the Slave Dwelling Project, and it aims to preserve slave quarters. McGill talked to WFAE's David Boraks about the project. 

Elizabeth Catlett, one of the most celebrated African-American artists of the last century, never lived a day in Charlotte. But the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture tapped local collectors for enough Catlett works to fill a gallery. Contributor Greg Lacour has the story.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte is currently hosting a video installation called “Question Bridge: Black Males.”

Filmmakers spent countless hours over 4 years recording black men asking questions for others of their race and gender. Then they played the video to other black men and recorded their answers. The result is a 3 hour loop the creators call a “Question Bridge.”

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and works by artists Romare Bearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son Khalil about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks.