Gantt Center, author to give away books during DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 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 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 3, 2012 - (as part of the DNC's CarolinaFest. Free admission with timed tickets distributed on the hour until 4 p.m.)
  • Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, September 7, 2012 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information about The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, visit: