Harvey Gantt (b. 1943) became the first African American student at Clemson University in 1963. Gantt Grew Up in Charleston, SC, and originally attended Iowa State University. He sued for admission to Clemson as an architecture major and won, transferring from Iowa State in 1963 and graduating in 1965. He went on to earn a Master of City Planning degree from M.I.T and became a successful architect and politician in Charlotte, NC. He served on the Charlotte city council from 1975 to 1979, served as Mayor Pro Tem from 1981-1983 and as Mayor of Charlotte from 1983-1987. Twice, in 1990 and 1996, he ran unsuccessfully against incumbent Jesse Helms for the United States Senate.
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