The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC, will host its second annual Gantt Symposium, sponsored by Wells Fargo, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 with actor, author and Grammy award-winning artist, Common. Common will speak at 7pm at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.
“Wells Fargo is pleased to provide significant underwriting support for the Gantt Symposium. This year’s speaker, Common, will continue to add to the thought-provoking dialogue that last year’s inaugural Gantt Symposium generated with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, ” said Jay Everette, Wells Fargo Senior Vice President of Community Affairs.
“The 2014 Gantt Symposium naturally follows the work we initiated with the ‘Question Bridge: Black Males’ exhibition,” said David Taylor, Gantt Center President & CEO. “Common’s talk on greatness supports the Gantt Center’s goal to mark our 40th anniversary by celebrating artists who use their work to create social change.”
Tracing his journey from childhood to today, the Grammy award-winning artist will share defining moments that influenced the discovery of his voice – his tool for achieving professional success, and creating social change. From Michael Jackson to Emmitt Till, Common will trace major influences on his path to discovering greatness with the hope of inspiring others.
Known as the King of Conscious Hip-Hop, Common is one of music’s most poetic and respected lyricists. A truly multifaceted talent, Common has recorded nine studio albums, currently plays freed slave Elam Ferguson in the AMC historical drama series “Hell on Wheels”, and has appeared in several motion pictures including “American Gangster”, opposite Denzel Washington, and “Wanted”, opposite Angelina Jolie. In addition to his film and musical pursuits, Common is also an author and philanthropist. Having released several children’s books, as well as his memoir “One Day It’ll All Make Sense”, Common also launched the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of America’s urban youth.
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Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate 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. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and 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.