Gantt Center Partners With Food Lion To Celebrate Unity On King Holiday

On Monday, January 16, 2017, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture comes alive with film screenings, community discussions on race and identity, dance classes, art workshops and more for its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebration. The Center will open its doors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., extending hours for visitors to enjoy the slate of activities. This day also marks the final look at current exhibitions on display. Local artists Nellie Ashford and Charles Farrar will lead guided tours of their work throughout the day. Presented by Food Lion, this free, family-friendly event is open to the public and is designed for residents of all ages. Six Food Lion gift cards will also be awarded to participants during the activities.

“The King holiday is always an incredible time for us to celebrate African-American heritage and culture in Charlotte and here at the Gantt Center,” says David Taylor, Gantt Center President and CEO. “By showcasing the breadth of our artistic genius on that day, we hope to break down stereotypes and redefine the way art by people of color is presented and perceived.”

Highlights of the day include a panel discussion featuring Brenda Tindal, historian at the Levine Museum of the New South; photojournalist de’Angelo Dia who captured footage of the Charlotte riots; Toussaint Romain, interviewed by CNN during the protests following the Keith Lamont Scott shooting; a premiere of the film The Dream Revisited: Civil Rights in Perspective, by Charles and Mary Love; a theatrical performance by Quentin Talley, founder of On Q Performing Arts, Inc.; and a community dance class and performance with Westside Cultural Arts Company and master drummer Gary Mumford. For a detailed events schedule visit

Bring the family and celebrate MLK Day at the Gantt Center. We will open early at 9:00 AM and will commemorate the day with panel discussions, art-making workshops, guided tours, scavenger hunts, film screenings, and more. Stop by our membership table and enter to win a gift card courtesy of Food Lion.

About Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a multi-disciplinary arts institution located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. The Gantt Center features fine art exhibits from around the world and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America, and is accessible online.

Named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure designed by architect Philip Freelon, co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. For more information, about the Gantt Center, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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