February is Black History Month, but how much do you actually know about Charlotte’s African-American history?
This month on the CharlotteFive Podcast, we hope to educate you on Charlotte’s history and introduce you to important figures in Charlotte’s Civil Rights Movement. You’ll hear their stories, their thoughts on how Charlotte has changed over the years and what they think about the issues currently facing the city.
We started the series this week with two guests, Brenda Tindal, staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, and N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr.
First, we talked to Tindal, a native Charlottean who graduated from UNC Charlotte and became staff historian at the Levine Museum in 2015. She introduced the series by talking about some of the pivotal moments in Charlotte’s African-American history and the influential people who shaped the Civil Rights Movement in Charlotte, people we’ll be talking to during this series.
In the second half of the podcast, we talked to Alexander, whose house was bombed in 1965 when he was 17 years old. His father, Kelly Alexander Sr., was state president of the NAACP and his uncle, Fred, was the first African American elected to the Charlotte City Council since the 1890s. He was elected to the N.C. House in 2008 and still lives in the same house with his mother today. (You can read more about the bombings here.)
Stay tuned for the rest of the month as we talk to more influential Charlotte leaders. And, as always, feel free to email us with thoughts and ideas.
The CharlotteFive Podcast — presented by The Charlotte Observer and powered by OrthoCarolina — is a weekly podcast that aims to get you Charlotte Smart, Fast with fun, interesting and useful news about the city. It’s hosted by Corey Inscoe and Sarah Crosland, and produced by Richard Brooke.
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Photos: Charlotte Observer file photo; Sarah Crosland