Harvey Gantt: Episode 3: Trailblazing Designs

Though Mr. Gantt lost his bid for a third Mayoral term to Sue Myrick in 1987, he was back on the campaign trail three years later, to take a leading role in one of the most talked-about and followed races of 1990. Mr. Gantt’s bid to unseat the four-term incumbent Republican Senator Jesse Helms became an international news story.

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Harvey Gantt: Episode 2: Mayor of Charlotte

Episode two of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt explores the political path that led him to become a City Council member and the Mayor of Charlotte.

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Harvey Gantt: Episode 1: The Young Pioneer

Episode one of Biographical Conversations with Harvey Gantt traces the future Charlotte mayor’s path from his childhood in Charleston, SC, to his solo integration of Clemson University, at the age of 20, in January 1963.

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Eva Clayton: Episode 3 - Tireless Campaigns

In Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton begins with the five-term US Representatives’ recollections of the 1994 mid-term elections, which saw Republicans assume majorities in both chambers of Congress. Eva Clayton shares insights to what forced the government into two government shutdowns, which lead to some government workers being furloughed…other people—services were denied

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Eva Clayton: Episode 2 - The Road to Congress

In episode 2 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton, after her 1968 congressional campaign, Mrs. Clayton decided to devote her time and energy to Soul City, a project funded by the federal government. Eva Clayton worked closely with the Civil Rights pioneer and attorney Floyd McKissick in creating a new town model that featured a design for an entire community.

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Eva Clayton: Episode 1 - From Georgia to Warren County

In episode 1 of Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton, the future US Representative discusses her childhood in Augusta, Georgia. The show also reflects on Eva Clayton’s high school and college eras, as well as, the time she met and married her husband, TT Clayton. The shows final minutes shares with viewers how Eva Clayton and her husband were first attracted to politics.

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Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton

On taking her seat in the US House of Representatives in 1992, Eva Clayton became the first African American to represent North Carolina in the House since George Henry White was elected to his second and last term in 1898. She was re-elected and served for five terms. UNC-TV is honored to add Eva Clayton to our latest series of Biographical Conversations with notable North Carolinians

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Eva Clayton: Leadership Skills Shaped by Ice

Eva Clayton shares how her father's job as an Iceman developed leadership skills in him, as well as, in her career. Her father encouraged his co-workers to take a stand against poor working conditions. After Eva’s father and his co-workers talked about quitting the company, her father had turned in his work keys and quit the job, only to find out his co-workers had given him “gate post talk.”

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Eva Clayton: Developing Personal Skills w/Minimum Education

Eva Clayton describes how you can develop valuable personal skills. She gives details to how her father developed strong personal skills with only a sixth-grade education. She declares that anyone can acquire skills using some of her father’s examples on developing skills.

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Eva Clayton: Eva's Strategy in Getting Political Help

Eva Clayton shares the strategies used in getting both fellow Democrats and Republicans to help her in drafting and passing bills that benefited North Carolina’s Agriculture Industry.

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Eva Clayton: Know the Qualities of Your Candidates

Eva Clayton expresses her serious concerns for the lack of good qualities in candidates running for political offices. She expressed that there are a lack of good candidates in both parties, the Democrats and Republicans, running for offices. She declared that the poor quality in candidates is impacting the voting turnouts during political races.

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Chuck Davis: Peace, Love, and Respect

Despite his passionate embrace of African heritage and tradition, Chuck Davis did not get to travel to the continent until the late 1970s. But as he explains in Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis, it was worth the wait. “It’s a different feeling when you are on the sacred Earth. From the land where you know all of life form began.”

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Chuck Davis: Pursuing the Authentic

Episode 2 begins with Dr. Davis’ first performances in New York City, as a member of the legendary drummer Babatunda Olatunji’s company. Dr. Davis reveled in the city’s vibrant culture, and recalls an encounter with Duke Ellington. In the meantime, Dr. Davis studied a wide spectrum of dance, sneaking into Julliard to catch a class with the Martha Graham.

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Chuck Davis: The Graduation Experience

Chuck Davis looks back on his high school graduation and expresses why his family was very excited to see him graduate.

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Chuck Davis: Dance to Overcome Tragedies

Chuck Davis gives insights to how dance can help people to overcome tragedies that occur in society.

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Chuck Davis: Drawn to Medicine

Chuck Davis shares why he was drawn to working in the medical field before he began to dance.

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Chuck Davis: Inspired by Tarzan Movies

Chuck Davis expresses how the early Tarzan movies inspired him to create a dance company.

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Chuck Davis: Dance is the Prevention

In Episode 1 of Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis, the dance maestro describes his childhood in a close-knit neighborhood of Raleigh. “Nowadays, says Dr. Davis, we have adopted the old Nigerian adage that it takes a village to raise a child. In our community, that was taken for granted. Young Charles Davis grew up surrounded by elders who demanded respect. “

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J. Gardner reveals why he called Gov. Hunt a Phony - 3D

James Gardner talks about why he called Gov Hunt a phony during a speech at the Republican Convention in May of 1992. He also shares his opinion of Gov. Hunt’s incredible record of success.

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J. Gardner reveals his Lt. Governor campaign issues - 3E

James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor and why he wants to make the legislature more accessible to people of NC

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J. Gardner talks about working with Gov. Holshouser -3F

James Gardner shares his thoughts of Jim Holshouser. He expresses how easy it was to develop a close relationship with Jim Holshouser.

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J. Gardner reveals the importance of the Rep. Primary - 3G

James Gardner, with Jim Broyhill at his side, made the announcement, he would jump off a building if he didn't win the Republican Primary. He also reveals his confidence in winning the primary race.

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J. Gardner reveals how he would defeat Senator Rand - 3H

James Gardner expresses why his campaign focused on running drug trade ads against Senator Rand. He also shares how effective the strategy was in affecting the race outcome.

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Harvey Gantt: Episode 3: Trailblazing Designs

This is the saga of the first African American Democratic Senatorial nominee in US history

Harvey Gantt: Episode 2: Mayor of Charlotte

Episode two explores Harvey Gantt's path to become a City Council member and Mayor.

Harvey Gantt: Episode 1: The Young Pioneer

Harvey Gantt traces the future Charlotte mayor’s path from his childhood in Charleston, SC

Eva Clayton: Episode 3 - Tireless Campaigns

Eva Clayton shares insights to what forced the government into two government shutdowns.

Eva Clayton: Episode 2 - The Road to Congress

Eva Clayton worked with the Civil Rights pioneer Floyd McKissick to create Soul City.

Eva Clayton: Episode 1 - From Georgia to Warren County

Eva Clayton reflects on her high school and college eras and her marriage to TT Clayton.

Biographical Conversations with Eva Clayton

Three-part series begins Thursday, January 7th!

Eva Clayton: Leadership Skills Shaped by Ice

Eva Clayton tells how her father developed personal skills with only a 6-grade education.

Eva Clayton: Developing Personal Skills w/Minimum Education

Eva Clayton tells how her father developed personal skills with only a 6-grade education.

Eva Clayton: Eva's Strategy in Getting Political Help

Eva Clayton shares strategies used in getting Democrats and Republicans to pass bills.

Eva Clayton: Know the Qualities of Your Candidates

Eva Clayton expresses concerns for poor qualities in candidates running for offices.

Chuck Davis: Peace, Love, and Respect

In Episode 3, Chuck Davis describes his travel to Africa.

Chuck Davis: Pursuing the Authentic

In Episode 2, Chuck Davis begins with his first performances in New York City.

Chuck Davis: The Graduation Experience

Chuck Davis looks back on his high school graduation.

Chuck Davis: Dance to Overcome Tragedies

Chuck Davis gives insights to how dance can help people to overcome tragedies.

Chuck Davis: Chuck's greeting, "A-go-a-May"

Chuck Davis explains why he greets every audience with an African greeting.

Chuck Davis: Drawn to Medicine

Chuck Davis shares why he was drawn to working in the medical field.

Chuck Davis: Inspired by Tarzan Movies

Chuck Davis explains how the Tarzan movies inspired him to create his dance company.

Chuck Davis: Dance is the Prevention

In Episode 1, Chuck Davis, the dance maestro describes his childhood.

J. Gardner reveals why he called Gov. Hunt a Phony - 3D

James Gardner talks about why he called Gov Hunt a phony during the Republican Convention

J. Gardner reveals his Lt. Governor campaign issues - 3E

James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor.

J. Gardner talks about working with Gov. Holshouser -3F

James Gardner expresses how easy it was to develop a relationship with Jim Holshouser.

J. Gardner reveals the importance of the Rep. Primary - 3G

James Gardner shares why he would jump off a building if he didn't win the Rep. Primary.

J. Gardner reveals how he would defeat Senator Rand - 3H

James Gardner expresses why his campaign broadcasted drug trade ads against Senator Rand.

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In this ongoing interview series, UNC-TV's Shannon Vickery provides one-on-one biographical conversations with the Tar Heel State's most influential and important figures.

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North Carolina is a state rich in history and tradition. And over the decades and centuries since its inception, the state has produced artists, writers, politicians and athletes that have erupted onto the national scene. UNC-TV captures the biographical reminiscences of these extraordinary North Carolinians whose impact and vision have earned them national prominence and a place in history. These one-on-one conversations provide a rare and revealing look at storied North Carolinians, offering unfiltered conversations with exceptional individuals telling their life stories. The series pairs rare vintage and contemporary photographs with these revealing interviews to help viewers visualize the people, places and events that defined the times of these treasured Tar Heels.

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