Harvey Gantt

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Harvey B. Gantt is the former Mayor of Charlotte, NC.

In 1963, the year of the March on Washington, Clemson University was integrated after a three year-effort by Harvey Gantt and his attorneys, Perry Smith and Willie T. Smith, Jr.

Gantt, born and raised in Charleston, would go on to serve as mayor of Charlotte 1983-87. He ran for U.S. Senate against Jesse Helms, twice, and lost. Today, he is a practicing architect in Charlotte who remains active in politics. His daughter, Sonja Gantt, is a television news anchor. [1]


Harvey B. Gantt was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1943, attended public schools and graduated second in his class from Burke High School. He received a merit scholarship and enrolled at Iowa State University. In 1963, Gantt was admitted to Clemson University where he earned an architectural degree with honors in 1965. In 1970 he received a Masters of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Since creating his own architectural firm in the mid-1970s in the center of Charlotte's business district, Harvey B. Gantt has distinguished himself as a designer of structures and a builder of communities. Gantt-Huberman Architects has won numerous local, regional and national design awards, including the 2006 "North Caroilna Firm of the Year" from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.[2]

DSA endorsement

In July 1996, the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee endorsed Harvey Gantt, running for NC Senate in that year's Congressional elections.[3]

SONG support

According to Pam McMichael, then from Southerners On New Ground;

We did that workshop a lot in North Carolina because of the Senate race where an African American man took on Jesse Helms [FOOTNOTE: Harvey Gantt ran against Helms in 1990 and 1996]. As a 501c3, SONG couldn't work on the election, but we could work on education around the issues. The economy workshop showed the connection between the conservative social agenda and the conservative economic agenda. Some people will say they are liberal socially, but conservative economically. Our premise was that one conservative agenda drives the other. There was a lot of scapegoating going on at that time, deregulation in the environment and in business practices, the gutting of the social safety net. So we offered a workshop that got people talking about these issues, and we offered it all over North Carolina and other Southern states, always hosted by a local organization. We split up to cover more ground."[4]

Center for American Progress

In 2005 Harvey Gantt served as a trustee of Center for American Progress.[5]