SC ETV to air documentary on Harvey Gantt

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first black man to attend Clemson University is the subject of a new documentary on South Carolina Educational Television.

On Thursday, SC ETV is airing “The Education of Harvey Gantt.”

Gantt was granted admission to Clemson in 1963 after suing the school. He graduated with honors in 1965 and went on to work for a Charlotte, N.C. architecture firm. Gantt became Charlotte’s first black mayor in 1983 and unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina in 1996.

President Bill Clinton appointed him chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission in 1995.

This year, Clemson is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its integration.

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