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Black History Moment: Harvey Gantt and the Desegregation of Clemson

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Federal judge C.C. Wyche said 11/19 during the hearing of Harvey Gantt’s attempt to enter all white Clemson College that he did not consider the court effort of Gantt as a class action, one that would set a precedent for other Negroes to enter the school. Gantt, at left is shown with two of his attorneys, Mrs. Constance Motley and W.T. Smith, Jr. November 20, 1962. Anderson, S.C.

Harvey B. Gantt, architect and politician, was born January 14, 1943 in Charleston, South Carolina to Christopher and Wilhelmenia Gantt.  In 1961, Gantt attended Iowa State University.  After one year of study, he returned to South Carolina and soon afterwards sued to enter racially segregated Clemson University.  On January 16, 1963, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered Clemson to admit Gantt who became its first African American student.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Clemson with honors in 1965. In 1970, Gantt earned a M.A. in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

During the 1970s Gantt worked at various architectural firms in Charlotte, North Carolina where he settled after receiving his degree from MIT. Between 1970 and 1971 he collaborated with civil rights activist Floyd B. McKissick to design Soul City, North Carolina, an experimental interracial community in eastern North Carolina.  In 1971 Gantt left the Soul City project, returning to Charlotte to launch an architectural firm with Jeffrey Huberman.  Some of the firm’s projects include the construction of the Charlotte Transportation Center, Transamerica Square, and First Ward Recreation Center.

In 1974 Gantt’s political career began with his appointment to the Charlotte City Council to fill the seat vacated by Fred Alexander, the council’s only black member.  Gantt served on the Council until 1983. While on the council, he encouraged black voting and reformed the process of electing city council members.  In 1983 Gantt was nominated as the Democratic candidate for mayor and elected as Charlotte’s first and, to date, only black mayor.  He won the election with 52% of the overall vote and 36% of the white vote and then served a four year term as mayor.   Gantt unsuccessfully ran two U.S. Senatorial campaigns against Republican Senator Jesse Helms in 1990 and 1996.   In the close and particularly bitter 1990 contest Helms’ campaign used shrewdly crafted TV ads targeting white fears about affirmative action which Gantt’s supporters claimed were racially motivated.  Nonetheless Gantt received 47% of the vote in the race against a nationally known incumbent Senator who had held the seat 17 years.

Gantt currently manages a successful architectural firm and remains active in politics. He has served on the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Council, the Democratic National Committee, and the National Capital Planning Commission. Gantt has also received awards from the Charlotte branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Leadership Charlotte in 2006.  He has also received honorary degrees from Belmont Abbey College, Johnson C. Smith University, and Clemson University.

Harvey Gantt lives with his wife Cindy in Charlotte and they have four children: Sonja, Erika, Angela, and Adam.

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Jada Pinkett Smith & Willow Talked About Her Self Harming Herself After Willow’s Hit Song …

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Jada Pinkett Smith — who was accompanied by her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones — revealed she and Willow, 17, had “talked” about the moment after the teenager admitted on Red Table Talk she had been self-harming after achieving success with her 2010 single “Whip My Hair.”

“I wanted to make sure she was okay,” Jada Pinkett Smith said. “We went through what happened and in the moment I realized as a mother you also have to give your children space to deal with their own shadow.”

The Girls Trip star said she chose to pay attention to the positive things that came from Willow’s revelation.

“I focused more on how she got herself out versus what got her there,” she said. “I was most proud about that she could share it in the way she did, which let me know she had come through in a major way that she could put it on the table like that.”

“I wanted to focus on what [it was] that got her through,” the actress explained. “I really talked to her about her powering side of her journey and give her all the praise in the world for that part instead of focusing on, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’”

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Fall Date Night Ideas

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Beautiful leaves are falling and the air is beginning to chill, making Fall the perfect season to plan date nights in with your Honey. Between work and family, so much time is dedicated to things that are not centered around our spouse. Here are some ideas that will keep you cozy and connected to the one you love.

An Intimate Picnic for Two

There is always something romantic about a picnic, and having one indoors allows you both to get comfortable.  Soft pillows, candles, and music, along with some of  your favorite foods, creates the perfect setting for an intimate dinner in.

Netflix and Chill

Go back to the basics…skip reserving tickets at a crowded theater and share the couch with your favorite person. Binge watch a series or enjoy something ‘chilling’ that will keep you two in each others arms.

Get Cooking in the Kitchen

Start your evening on the kitchen counter.  Find an exotic recipe or create a dish of your own; either way, preparing a meal together is a great way to add some spice to your night.

Cocktails and Conversation

Sip on something sweet while conversing with your sweetheart.  Take time to “wine” down after a long week and talk about all the things that are good with you and that special someone.

Engage In Friendly Competition

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Doing something fun together can be a healthy way to release some stress and tension in your relationship. Play games that you both enjoy and keep the experience positive and supportive. Remember, either win or lose, you both are on the same team.

Share a Dance

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Pull out your playlist and pull your love close to you.  Dance to the songs that have become yours, and reminisce of when your love was new.

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Colin Kaepernick gets Harvard black culture award

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP/KSAZ) – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle were among eight people who were saluted by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture.

The eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, created a firestorm when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice.

The other honorees are Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.

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