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Harvey B. Gantt Center & SmileyBooks Gift

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in News | 0 comments

HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER AND SMILEYBOOKS GIFT EXHIBIT VISITORS WITH A FREE COPY OF THE RICH AND THE REST OF US: A POVERTY MANIFESTO DURING THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

This inspiring and thought-provoking book seeks an end to poverty

Charlotte, NC (August 30, 2012) – When the Democratic National Convention convenes in Charlotte, NC on September 3, delegates and visitors from all over the nation and the world will have a chance to experience the award-winning America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition being showcased at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

To say thank you to all those who pay to tour the America I AM exhibition during the DNC, noted broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author Tavis Smiley will gift each family a free copy of the New York Times bestselling book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, co-authored with Princeton University Professor Emeritus, Cornel West. This groundbreaking volume examines the historical roots of our nation’s current economic challenges.

“For the America I AM exhibition and the DNC to be in Charlotte at the same time is perfect,” says Bonita Buford, Director of Communications and Operations for the Gantt Center. “The exhibition presents a historical continuum of 400 years of African American contributions to the nation through artifacts, documents, multimedia, photos, and music.” (more…)

America I Am exhibit at Gantt Center

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in News | 0 comments

DNC 2012 Notebook: Art and history at the DNC

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in News | 0 comments

When delegates, celebrities, media and the just-plain-curious descend on Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention in September, scoping out local art and history might not be at the top of their to-do list. But maybe they should reconsider.

Two exhibits that just opened Uptown add resonance to the renomination of the first black president – a point not lost on the Gantt Center or the Mint Museum. (more…)

‘I AM’ celebrates proud history, culture

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Exhibit shows ways blacks have contributed to America

While in college in the 1960s, Macie Riddick was arrested for sitting down to eat ice cream at a whites-only section in Rock Hill. She spent about five days in jail.

Memories of the civil rights movement came back to the Huntersville woman on Saturday as she and her husband, Melvin, toured almost 500 years of African-American history and culture at the Harvey B. Gantt Center’s new featured exhibition, “America I AM: The African American Imprint.”

“What I saw today was a certain reflection of some of the experiences that I went through,” Melvin Riddick said, “but also it showed me the progress … that has been made in this country.” (more…)

Celebrity Spotlight: Tavis Smiley

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Tavis Smiley (Photo: G Burkins, Qcitymetro.com)

Ever wonder how people like Tavis Smiley achieved their life’s goals?

Growing up in Kokomo, Ind., Smiley and 12 other family members shared a tree-bedroom trailer.

“It was tough. It was tight. And we were broke,” he says. “But I had so much fun.”

In a podcast with Janine Davis, Smiley talks about personal success, President Obama, what’s on his iPod and more. (more…)

Smiley on Black People’s ‘Backstory’

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Smiley on Black People's 'Backstory'

(The Root) — With “America I Am: The African American Imprint” making its home in Charlotte, N.C., while 35,000 visitors descend on the city for the Democratic National Convention in September, Tavis Smiley is sending a message. “It’s important for Americans to understand that there is a 400- to 500-year backstory to Barack Obama,” the radio and TV host told The Root. “He didn’t just fall out of the heavens.”

From June 30 through Jan. 1, 2013, the exhibit’s more than 200 artifacts, which trace the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of this country, will fill the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The museum is named for the history-making first black mayor of Charlotte, an architect and community leader who has advised the second, and current, African-American mayor, Anthony Foxx, as he prepares to host the convention. (more…)

America I AM, The African American Imprint in Charlotte

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Tavis Smiley‘s cultural rich, painful, educational exhibit titled America I AM, The African American Imprint opened Saturday morning with a red ribbon cutting ceremony at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. The collection of 200 historical artifacts across 500 years ago, available for a exhilarating experience until January 1, 2013, depicts the courage, creativity and importance of Blacks in America. It brings African American history and American history, read and unread, to life in audio and visual medium.

“Would America have been America without her Negro people?” a W. E. B. Dubois quote largely portrayed on entrance to exhibit.

America I Am answers that question vividly through artifacts like the Door of No Return, a place before the Middle Passage, that opened the door to slavery and closed Africans life at home, the ankle shackles used for bondage, Martin L. King’s stool and the key from his cell, a place where he wrote A Letter From A Birmingham Jail, Rosa Parks’ jail fingerprint card, Jim Crow signs and other unbearable conditions iconic Blacks suffered for freedom. Cultural contributions that added to the fabric of America, that ALL can enjoy, including a Jimi Hendrix guitar, Tupac lyrics, Muhammad Ali’s boxing rope and Charlotte Bobcat’s owner Michael Jordan’s sports memorabilia, shows the progression of African Americans in America on to the successes like Eli Whitney, Garrett Morgan and President Obama.

“The most important thing to be said about slavery…is that millions of African Americans endured slavery by making a world for themselves in the midst of bondage. By 1776, a viable African American culture emerged out of slavery,” Dr. Ronald F. Davis, California State University and author.

David Taylor, Gantt president and CEO, said this exhibit is the most important exhibit of our lifetime. “It impacts the lives of all adults and children.”

“I’m excited its come to Charlotte. This is the eighth city of the only ten cities in four years chosen. It’s a pretty big deal. Charlotte is the hub to the southeast of a lot of things. And with the timing of the Democratic National Convention, we want people visiting to stop by and indulge,” said Smiley, award winning broadcast journalist and author.

The Walmart sponsored exhibit would make an excellent field trip with lesson plans available to HBCU’s, high schools and mainstream colleges and other organizations. For more information visit www.americaiam.org.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, a group of children sang “Yes, I can. I can do anything.”

America I Am’s $12 adult , 10 for senior and students, 8 for ages 3 to 13 admission is a small price to pay for this enlightening experience. Gantt’s hours of operation are Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays, 1 to 5 pm.

America I AM, The African American Imprint in Charlotte

Posted by on Jul 1, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Africans before enslavement portrait

Tavis Smiley‘s cultural rich, painful, educational exhibit titled America I AM, The African American Imprint opened Saturday morning with a red ribbon cutting ceremony at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. The collection of 200 historical artifacts across 500 years ago, available for a exhilarating experience until January 1, 2013, depicts the courage, creativity and importance of Blacks in America. It brings African American history and American history, read and unread, to life in audio and visual medium.

“Would America have been America without her Negro people?” a W. E. B. Dubois quote largely portrayed on entrance to exhibit.

America I Am answers that question vividly through artifacts like the Door of No Return, a place before the Middle Passage, that opened the door to slavery and closed Africans life at home, the ankle shackles used for bondage, Martin L. King’s stool and the key from his cell, a place where he wrote A Letter From A Birmingham Jail, Rosa Parks’ jail fingerprint card, Jim Crow signs and other unbearable conditions iconic Blacks suffered for freedom. Cultural contributions that added to the fabric of America, that ALL can enjoy, including a Jimi Hendrix guitar, Tupac lyrics, Muhammad Ali’s boxing rope and Charlotte Bobcat’s owner Michael Jordan’s sports memorabilia, shows the progression of African Americans in America on to the successes like Eli Whitney, Garrett Morgan and President Obama. (more…)

Tavis Smiley’s America I Am Travelling Exhibit Opens At The Gantt Center

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History opens in 2015, but Tavis Smiley’s I Am America travelling exhibit is available now. Smiley is known for his duties as a radio and television host, but the exhibit is his pride and joy.

America I AM: The African American Imprint opens in Charlotte Saturday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. It will remain here until January 1, 2013. It contains 300 artifacts and is large enough to fill the 25,000 square feet Atlanta Civic. The Charlotte stop will be about half that size, but will contain popular pieces such as The Doors of No Return and Prince’s “Purple Rain” guitar.

“It is the biggest baddest boldest exhibit ever to tell the story of the contributions that we’ve made in the country,” said Smiley, with the bluster of a proud parent. “There’s been no exhibit this compelling or this comprehensive.” (more…)

Tavis Smiley Brings America I AM Exhibit to Charlotte’s Gantt Center

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in News | 0 comments

his month, a blockbuster exhibition created by Tavis Smiley takes over the Gantt Center. You won’t want to miss it

Page Leggett
America I AM: The African American Imprint opens at the Gantt Center on June 30. Admission for adults is $8. The Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. More info: ganttcenter.org or 704-547-3700America I AM: The African American Imprint opens at the Gantt Center on June 30. Admission for adults is $8. The Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. More info: ganttcenter.org or 704-547-3700

As Tavis Smiley participated in the four hundredth anniversary celebration of the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America, an idea struck him. (more…)

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