The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture announced that it will honor Philip Freelon LF ’90 with its 2017 Spirit of the Center Award for Community Impact. Freelon was selected for service to the community because of his numerous contributions to preserve African-American culture through the building of arts and history organizations, including the Gantt Center in Charlotte, NC (completed in 2009). The award will be presented at the Center’s annual Jazzy Holiday Gala in December. 

Founded in 1974, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history, and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through visual and literary arts, dance, music, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach.

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