New York Times best-selling author and Emmy-award winning star of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” Iyanla Vanzant is coming to Charlotte for the 4th annual Gantt Symposium on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Gantt Symposium, which is hosted by the Harvey B. Gantt Center and presented to the community by Wells Fargo, will be held at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Vanzant, along with civic leader and former mayor Harvey Gantt, will lead a public conversation addressing the pain and necessary healing within the Charlotte community as we approach the one-year anniversary of the protests following the death of Keith Lamont Scott.

“Last year’s unrest, the increase in race-related incidents around the country, and sadly, recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, serve as a reminder that none of us can rest until equality is a reality for every American citizen,” said Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. “As an arts institution, the Gantt Center is a neutral environment for the community to come together and also a safe space for honest discussion about issues of importance.”

Gantt Symposium is an annual presentation that provides an avenue for Charlotteans to engage with America’s thought leaders in a conversational setting. Harvey B. Gantt will open the public dialogue after Vanzant speaks. Past Gantt Symposium speakers include esteemed professor and genealogist Dr. Henry Louis Gates, renowned activist and educator Dr. Cornell West, and hip-hop artist and motivational speaker Common. Last year’s symposium was to feature acclaimed actress Anna Deveare Smith, but was cancelled due to the protests that evening in Center City.


Vanzant, known for her candor and no-nonsense style, will share her insights on how the community can transform broken pieces into lasting peace, which can help unite the City of Charlotte.

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