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Gantt Center and Duke Energy Partner to Present Heritage and History: The Family Collage

Former Emmy award-winning producer for ABC and NBC news, journalist and author A’Lelia Bundles will host The Family Collage on October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm. through the Duke Energy sponsored Heritage and History series. Bundles is the great, great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, an entrepreneur and pioneer in the hair industry for African American women in the 19th century. Additionally, Bundles is the great granddaughter of A’Lelia Walker, who was a Harlem Renaissance icon who travelled the world collecting friends and art along the way. Bundles has captured the life of Madam C.J. Walker in her novel: “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker” and is currently writing her fourth book about A’Lelia Walker.

“A’Lelia will remind us of the importance of compiling family stories and history,” said Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “Collecting familial history is vital to the preservation of our past and as the weather cools down and holiday season begins, there’s no better time.”

Through her presentation, Bundles will guide the audience through the 19th century and Harlem Renaissance-era sharing fascinating stories about both compelling and impressive ancestors, Madam C.J. Walker and A’Lelia Walker.

“Madam Walker has had an impact on my life because I could see what an inspiration she was for others. I feel fortunate that I now am able to inspire others with her story,” said Bundles.

Heritage and History: The Family Collage with A’Lelia Bundles will be held at the Harvey B. Gantt Center at 551 South Tryon Street. Ticket prices are $15 for the general public and $10 for members.

About Harvey B. Gantt Center

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African Americans and people of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey Bernard Gantt- community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte - the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.4 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. Its Commercial Portfolio and International business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. 

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is an S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

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Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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