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Former Mayors to Speak at Johnson C. Smith University Lecture is part of “Democracy 2012: The Road to Charlotte”

Charlotte, N.C. (April 19, 2012) — Former Charlotte mayors Harvey Gantt and Richard Vinroot will present a lecture “Left vs. Right: Democratic and Republican Party Platforms for the 2012 Elections” on April 26 at 7 p.m. on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. The free lecture is part of the series “Democracy 2012: The Road to Charlotte.”

Gantt has been in the political arena since 1974. He served more than three terms on the Charlotte City Council in the late 70s and was named mayor pro-tem in 1981. Two years later, he became Charlotte’s first African-American mayor and served two successive terms. In 1990 and 1996, he challenged Jesse Helms in the North Carolina U.S. Senate race. He has won national acclaim and respect for his positions on education, health care, the environment and his vision for improving the quality of life for all citizens.

Richard Vinroot is an attorney with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Attorneys at Law in Charlotte. He has been in the political spotlight on the local and state levels. He was Mayor of Charlotte from 1991 to 1995 after serving for eight years on the Charlotte City Council. In 2000, Vinroot was the Republican nominee for North Carolina Governor.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.  

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