Source: Charlotte Business Journal

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in Charlotte has been in the fight for equity for years. The museum moved to develop strategies to combat issues surrounding race and equity four years ago, following the death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Protests around policing tactics and systemic racism today are reminiscent of those in 2016 following Scott’s death.

In 2016, the center partnered with Bank of America in establishing the Initiative for Equity + Innovation, Charlotte Business Journal reports. That program “aims to address unconscious bias, discrimination and social injustice through visual arts and programming.”

Current CEO of The Harvey B. Gantt Center David Taylor hopes that the current movement will be sustained and that it will result in permanent changes to how America approaches equity. He also says that real change will depend on leaders, including heads of corporations, stepping up to speak out.

“What are you willing to give up for what’s right?” Taylor said. “Are you willing to put your lifestyle at risk to stand up for what’s right?”

The center has hosted discussions about how best to approach these challenges and who to partner with to achieve their outlined goals. 

Harvey Gannt served as Mayor of Charlotte and was a two-time US Senate candidate in the 1990s.
Read more about the efforts of the Harvey B. Gantt Center from Charlotte Business Journal.