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Who are your ‘men of change?’ The Queen City answers


A new, immersive museum exhibit honors revolutionary Black men. Though the media has often spotlighted Black men for the wrong reasons, this exhibit hopes to change that narrative.

“They are icons often rendered invisible by a country, yet uplifted by a culture” reads a line at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. 

Portraits of Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden and Michael Jackson stand at the center of the room. A long list of names are written in black on one of the white walls. A few names look familiar.

Men of Change, a Smithsonian exhibition that travels throughout the United States, celebrates Black men who have blazed trails and become inspiration for others. 

The intergenerational exhibit highlights Black men from Kendrick Lamar to W.E.B. Du Bois.

Currently housed at the Harvey B. Gantt Center as well as the Levine Museum of the New South, the exhibit will remain in Charlotte through early March 2023. 


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