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Charlotte may be best known for its pristine skyline and as a magnet for corporate growth but the 15 th largest city in the nation's bright future is beckoning Black meeting planners to take a closer look. With over 100 people moving to the Queen City each day, Charlotte has drawn movers and shakers to break barriers and celebrate milestones. It's become a place not just for bankers and engineers, but a hub for strong community leaders, visionaries, artists, activists and great unifiers. With this influx of energetic individuals comes an undeniable vibrancy that will add character and enthusiasm to the Black meetings and events lucky enough to choose Charlotte.

Harvey Gannt Center

Charlotte's culturally diverse community, attractions, businesses and experiences make the Queen City a vibrant meetings and visitor destination. Just steps from the Charlotte Convention Center, the Harvey B. Gantt Center - a museum named after Charlotte's first African American mayor, a leader advocating for equity and equal rights - serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, art and more. Next door, the Mint Museum Uptown celebrates the life and legacy of native son Romare Bearden, considered one of the most important Black artists of the 20 th century, with the largest collection of his works. Home to various exhibits celebrating Black artistry and experience, like Marcus Kiser's Intergalactic Soul centering on the story of two Black astronauts encountering and confronting social issues relating to Blackness, the Mint Museum regularly exhibits work from those celebrating and speaking to the Black experience.

Part of an ongoing initiative, The Levine Museum of the New South's interactive KnowCLT app allows visitors to delve into the story of Charlotte's Brooklyn neighborhood, once the largest and most vibrant Black community in the Carolinas. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour, or experience the neighborhood's history recounted by former residents via the app. A hub for North Carolina culture and history from the Civil War to today, the Levine Museum displays stories about agriculture and industrialization, the Civil Rights movement and urban renewal, visitors are invited to consider the ways in which understanding, empathy, and action have been at the center of life in Charlotte for centuries.

Black meeting planners will also discover a new $127 million expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, opened in October 2021. The Convention Center team has been laser focused on keeping health and safety top-of-mind for attendees by adding cutting edge air quality measures called bipolar ionization, obtaining its Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR ™ Facility Accreditation and enhancing many more layers of protection to ensure attendees have sound peace of mind when visiting.

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