Harvey Gantt and that day 50 years ago

August 21, 2012

Harvey Gantt becomes the first African-American student at Clemson University in 1963

The day before another year of classes begins at Clemson, the university welcomed back the first African-American to attend Clemson. At this morning’s convocation, Harvey Gantt was greeted with warm applause. The former Charlotte, North Carolina mayor and a distinguished architect by trade, Gantt remembered that emotional, historic time 50 years ago when his enrollment integrated Clemson, an event known for the peaceful day he registered for classes. Gantt referred to the media crowd that covered the event that integrated Clemson under federal court order, WGOG NEWS among them. Since then Gantt says he has returned to his alma mater often and enjoys his experience. Excerpts from his talk can be heard today on 96.3/WGOG NEWS.

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