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

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

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
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.) | United States, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, 35.2270869, -80.8431268 | United States, South Carolina, Pickens County, Clemson, 34.6834382, -82.8373654 | United States, South Carolina, Anderson County, 34.5190913, -82.6378849 | United States, South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston, 32.7765656, -79.9309216 | United States, North Carolina, Soul City | United States, North Carolina, Warren County
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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