The Classic International Black Cinema Series - Native Son | Charlotte NC Travel & Tourism
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Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

The Classic International Black Cinema Series - Native Son

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-547-3700

(1986 - Starring Victor Love, Oprah Winfrey and Matt Dillon) Bigger Thomas, an African American who lives in an impoverished neighborhood, is employed by a prosperous white family who live in the suburbs of a major city. The money Bigger makes at his new job will be used to supplement his mother's income. As a chauffeur, he is directed by the father of the family to take Mary, the daughter, to the university. Instead, Mary decides to pick up her Socialist boyfriend, Jan, and to spend the time drinking and partying. Jan and Mary portray a young liberal couple who venture into a black neighborhood with Bigger for the sole purpose of being entertained at Ernie's, a black nightclub. On the way home, Mary becomes inebriated and Bigger must get her to her bedroom without being detected. Mary's mother, who is blind, enters the room and Bigger panics at the thought of being caught with a white woman. He accidentally kills Mary by placing a pillow over her head to keep her quiet.

Information & Amenities
Admission:Admission Details: Free with Museum Admission
Age Range:Adults (18+)
Discounts:Military, Senior Citizen, Student
Facility Amenities:ADA-compliant, Parking on site
Location:Center City (Uptown)
Payment Methods:American Express, Cash, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Type:African-American, Film & Video
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Meeting Room Name Dimensions Ceiling Height Square Feet Banquet Capacity Theater Capacity Classroom Capacity Ushaped Capacity Exhibit Capacity Conference Capacity Reception Capacity
The Grand Lobby - - 2543.0 155 - - - - - 250
The Mezzanine - - 768.0 - - - - - - 100
The Performance Suite - - 1397.0 100 135 - - - - 150
Learning Center - - 911.0 - - 30 - - - -
The Rooftop Pavilion - - - 100 - - - - - 150
The Terrace - - - 100 - - - - - 150
The Boardroom - - - - - - - - 20 -