HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER AND SMILEYBOOKS GIFT EXHIBIT VISITORS WITH A FREE COPY OF THE RICH AND THE REST OF US: A POVERTY MANIFESTO DURING THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
This inspiring and thought-provoking book seeks an end to poverty
Charlotte, NC (August 30, 2012) – When the Democratic National Convention convenes in Charlotte, NC on September 3, delegates and visitors from all over the nation and the world will have a chance to experience the award-winning America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition being showcased at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
To say thank you to all those who pay to tour the America I AM exhibition during the DNC, noted broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author Tavis Smiley will gift each family a free copy of the New York Times bestselling book, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, co-authored with Princeton University Professor Emeritus, Cornel West. This groundbreaking volume examines the historical roots of our nation’s current economic challenges.
“For the America I AM exhibition and the DNC to be in Charlotte at the same time is perfect,” says Bonita Buford, Director of Communications and Operations for the Gantt Center. “The exhibition presents a historical continuum of 400 years of African American contributions to the nation through artifacts, documents, multimedia, photos, and music.”
Together, Smiley and West co-host the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West distributed by Public Radio International (PRI), and they’ve written The Rich and the Rest of Us to focus on the economic realities of the 21st century: poverty, record unemployment, gross income inequality, and health care.
“Poverty seems to be the new American norm,” says Smiley. “It’s important that as we fasten our seat belts for this upcoming election, that we don’t forget people in need who are left behind. Providing a complimentary copy of The Rich and the Rest of Us will help us discuss why our most vulnerable citizens need to be in the front seat, and not in the back.”
As the nation awaits the imminent release of the latest numbers on poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau, Smiley and West will embark on “The Poverty Tour 2.0,” September 12-15, 2012, visiting four battleground states: Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, to continue their mission to make the eradication of poverty a top priority in America.
Please find below the Gantt Center’s hours of operation:
- Friday, August 31, 2012 – Harvey B. Gantt Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday, September 1, 2012 – Harvey B. Gantt Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Monday, September 3, 2012 – Harvey B. Gantt Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (as part of the DNC’s CarolinaFest. Free admission with timed tickets distributed on the hour until 4 p.m.)
- Thursday, September 6, 2012 – Harvey B. Gantt Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday, September 7, 2012 – Harvey B. Gantt Center, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ABOUT TAVIS SMILEY AND Cornel west
From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders as a broadcaster, author, advocate, and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Currently, Smiley hosts the late-night talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and is the co-host of Smiley & West from PRI. Educator and philosopher Cornel West is the Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He is known as one of America’s most provocative democratic intellectuals.
Founded by media pioneer Tavis Smiley as a co-publishing venture with Hay House Inc., SmileyBooks is a general trade book publisher that specializes in quality nonfiction. A dynamic company dedicated to the new media landscape, SmileyBooks publishes books by authors ranging from established New York Times bestsellers to exciting new voices on topics that appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. SmileyBooks titles are published in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital media, offering the widest possible readership and exposure. For more information, visit: www.smileybooks.com.
ABOUT THE HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE
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. For more information, contact Sharon Holm, Marketing Specialist at 704-547-3767, or visit www.ganttcenter.org.