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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.”
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.
Chuck Davis looks back on his high school graduation and expresses why his family was very excited to see him graduate.
Chuck Davis gives insights to how dance can help people to overcome tragedies that occur in society.
Chuck Davis explains why he greets every audience with the African greeting, "A-go-a-May
Chuck Davis shares why he was drawn to working in the medical field before he began to dance.
Chuck Davis expresses how the early Tarzan movies inspired him to create a dance company.
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. “
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.
James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor and why he wants to make the legislature more accessible to people of NC
James Gardner shares his thoughts of Jim Holshouser. He expresses how easy it was to develop a close relationship with Jim Holshouser.
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.
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.
James Gardner recounts changes made in North Carolina politics over the years. He also talks about the gains made by the Republican Party in North Carolina.
James Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown making reference to son's driving record. He also shares why Mr. Brown tried to hurt him with the information.
Episode 3 of Biographical Conversations with Jim Gardner, the Republican statesman talks about the barbecue restaurants he opened with his brother. Mr. Gardner also talks about Jim Martin winning the 1984 North Carolina Governorship and the Jim Martin's reelection in 1988. Mr. Gardner concludes the show with some reflections of North Carolina Republicans have made during the past half-century.
James Gardner talks about the News & Observer observation of two Republicans running for Lt. Governor and Governor for the first time.
James Gardner reveals how running for Lt. Governor would lead to a Republican candidate winning and becoming the Governor of North Carolina. He also expressed his hopes for Republicans controlling both houses someday.
James Gardner shares why he was a part of a campaign to persuade General Colin Powell to run for presidency. He also expresses that Colin Powell would be an outstanding leader.
James Gardner recalls why he supported Reginald Hawkins, first African American to run for Governor in North Carolina since Reconstruction. He also shares why Reginald Hawkins lost the Democratic nomination for Governor.
James Gardner reveal where the notion of starting a daycare in his campaign office. He also discusses the important role women played in the success of his 1968 campaign.
Jim Gardner recalls his early political years serving as an NC US House member and being sword into office by George H.W. Bush. “The show also reveals why Mr. Gardner felt isolated during his two years in the House; a conservative Republican in a chamber dominated by Democrats. He tells why in 1968, he made the decision to run for North Carolina governor rather than seek another house term.
James Gardner shares what inspired him to write his first book, A Time to Speak. The book shares James' vision for North Carolina, if he was the governor of the state.
James Gardner shares advice from Gerald Ford on being successful in Congress. Gerald Ford told James, he must listen and listen and keep listening and don't expect to change anything overnight.
In Episode 3, Chuck Davis describes his travel to Africa.
In Episode 2, Chuck Davis begins with his first performances in New York City.
Chuck Davis looks back on his high school graduation.
Chuck Davis gives insights to how dance can help people to overcome tragedies.
Chuck Davis explains why he greets every audience with an African greeting.
Chuck Davis shares why he was drawn to working in the medical field.
Chuck Davis explains how the Tarzan movies inspired him to create his dance company.
In Episode 1, Chuck Davis, the dance maestro describes his childhood.
James Gardner talks about why he called Gov Hunt a phony during the Republican Convention
James Gardner shares why he ran for Lt. Governor.
James Gardner expresses how easy it was to develop a relationship with Jim Holshouser.
James Gardner shares why he would jump off a building if he didn't win the Rep. Primary.
James Gardner expresses why his campaign broadcasted drug trade ads against Senator Rand.
James Gardner recounts changes made in North Carolina politics over the years.
James Gardner expresses disappointment in Sheriff Brown making reference to son's record.
In Episode 3, Mr. Gardner reflects on the gains NC Rep. made in the past half-century.
James Gardner talks about Republicans running for Lt. Governor & Governor for first time.
James Gardner reveals how running for Lt. Governor would lead to becoming Governor.
James Gardner shares why he tried to persuade General Colin Powell to run for presidency.
James Gardner recalls supporting Reginald Hawkins, first African American to run for offic
James Gardner reveal where the notion of starting a daycare in his campaign office.
In Episode 2, Mr. Gardner recalls his early years serving as an NC US House member.
James Gardner shares what inspired him to write his first book, A Time to Speak.
James Gardner shares advice from Gerald Ford on being successful in Congress.
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.
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.
Biographical Conversations with... is an ongoing original production of UNC-TV and is funded by a generous grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The mission of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation is to support nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to enrich the lives and well-being of people in North Carolina. To achieve this, AJF partners with nonprofit organizations that recognize and solve social and civic problems and provides resources to advance big, bold ideas.