Black History Month

We are celebrating Black History Month by ‘Saluting Charlotte’s Black Excellence.’ This week we celebrate entrepreneur Tanika Davis, owner of Capricorn Picnics.  Her business was established about a year ago while creating lifelong memories and creating outside-of-the-box events for family, friends and loved ones.  Tanika was described as having a mission to bring family and […]

Looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month in the Charlotte area? Here are some virtual and in-person events to check out. Wednesday, February 16, 2022 Equity Impact Circle (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library program) Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Location: Virtual Cost: Free Homage to the Black South: Art and Culture Appreciation Series — Influence […]

Keep Pounding! A saying that Panthers fans know all too well. The slogan was coined by legendary Panthers linebacker, Sam Mills. Mills came to Carolina as a free agent in 1995. Following his retirement after the 1997 season, he became an assistant coach for the Panthers. Mills delivered his legendary speech during a playoff game, […]

Elected in 1983, Harvey B. Gantt was Charlotte’s first Black mayor. Gantt grew up in the 1940s and 50s in then-segregated Charleston, South Carolina. He would often attend NAACP meetings with his father and grew passionate about advocacy and fighting the injustice of racial discrimination. In his earlier life, Harvey B. Gantt was the first […]

We are celebrating Black History Month by ‘Saluting Charlotte’s Black Excellence.’  This week we celebrate business owner, Dawn Dillard, described as one who is there for her family, friends and community ALWAYS!  She recently opener her own business, sweet vibes only, specializing in custom deserts and treats in the Charlotte Metro. She volunteers in numerous […]

If you’ve lived in the Charlotte area for a while, you may have seen the Mecklenburg County seal in various locations. The creator of the seal was a 20-year-old, Black designer named Harvey Boyd. In 1964, Boyd was working in the Charlotte Observer’s Art Department when the Chamber of Commerce sponsored a contest to design the official […]

Xavierian Brothers, a mostly white Catholic high school in suburban Boston, not only chose to serve fried chicken for its Black History Month but administrators also placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of an African American cafeteria worker.

Although Johnson C. Smith University is well-known for its Black leadership, this was not always the case. The university once known as Biddle University, was originally led by White men. It wasn’t until 1891 that the leadership changed. Daniel Sanders was a former slave, pastor, and public-school principal in Wilmington, NC. He arrived in Charlotte […]

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins was one of four Black students who helped integrate public schools in Charlotte. She temporarily attended Harding High in 1957, where many people who opposed integration yelled racial remarks, spit at, and threw rocks at her. She only remained at Harding High for four days, however, pictures surfacing of her courage were enough to […]

We’ve listed 28 black movies to watch during Black History Month so you can challenge yourself to one movie a day.

We are celebrating Black History Month by “Saluting” Charlotte’s Black Excellence.  This week we celebrate actress, writer and director, Keya Hamilton, an inclusive North Carolina film maker, focused on African American inclusion in the film industry.  She is best known for her role in the movie, “Christmas in Harmony” and made her directorial debut on […]