Oral history interview with Harvey B. Gantt, January 6, 1986

Oral history interview with Harvey B. Gantt, January 6, 1986

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Creator:Gantt, Harvey B. (Harvey Bernard), 1943-
Creator:Haessly, Lynn
Title:Oral history interview with Harvey B. Gantt, January 6, 1986
Date:1986 Jan. 6
Description:

Architect and politician Harvey Gantt describes his ascent from a childhood in segregated Charleston, South Carolina, to becoming the first black mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Along the way, Gantt led sit-ins in Charleston, integrated Clemson University, and became a successful architect in Charlotte. While he describes his career path, Gantt discusses civil rights in the American South. As a southerner, he sees the accomplishments of the civil rights movement as dramatic; as a member of the black middle class, he leans toward negotiation rather than revolt. After the movement's major successes, while northern activists were pushing for more change, Gantt sought to take advantage of his new opportunities. He sees his success both resulting from and contributing to civil rights for African Americans.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Gantt, Harvey B. (Harvey Bernard), 1943- | North Carolina--Politics and government | Southern States--Race relations | African American politicians--North Carolina | African American politicians--North Carolina--Charlotte | Mayors--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--Civil rights--Southern States | College integration--South Carolina--Clemson | Civil rights movements--Southern States | African Americans--Segregation--South Carolina--Charleston | Soul City (N.C.) | Charlotte (N.C.) | Mecklenburg County (N.C.) | Clemson (S.C.) | Pickens County (S.C.) | Anderson County (S.C.) | Charleston (S.C.) | Charleston County (S.C.) | Soul City (N.C.) | Warren County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on October 29, 2008).

Interview participants: Harvey B. Gantt, interviewee; Lynn Haessly, interviewer.

Duration: 01:14:43.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

Persistent Link to Item:http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/C-0008/menu.html