Harvey Gantt leaves the Registrar's Office at Clemson College (now Clemson University) in January of 1963. Gantt was the first black student to be admitted to Clemson as well as the first black person to be enrolled at a previously all-white public institution in the state of South Carolina. File Photo
A press conference in1963 outside Tillman Hall at Clemson University addresses Harvey Gantt as the first black student enrolled at Clemson University. File Photo
Matthew Perry, left, and Harvey Gantt. Taken in the early 60's. Harvey Gantt is the first black student to enroll in Clemson University and Perry was his lawyer.
Harvey Gantt was the first black student to be enrolled at Clemson. He transferred to Clemson University from Ohio State in 1963. This photo was taken in 1973 for the 10th anniversary of the desegregation. File Photo
Harvey Gantt poses in his office overlooking downtown Charlotte in 1983. File Photo
Harvey Gantt poses with his family in their Charlotte home in 1983. File Photo
Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt arrives at the Charlotte Convention Center with his wife, Cindy, after being reelected as mayor in 1985. File Photo
Harvey Gantt, then, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., looks at an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree presented to him during winter graduation in 1985. Gantt was the first black student to be admitted to Clemson as well as the first black person to be enrolled at a previously all-white public institution in the state of South Carolina. He began his studies at Clemson in 1963.
Harvey Gantt celebrates winning the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in North Carolina in 1990.
Harvey Gantt mingles with students after a rally at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte in 1990. File Photo
Harvey Gantt, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, makes a point as he gives a campaign speech in Raleigh in 1996.
Former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, announces his candidacy for democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, in 1996, in front of over 50 supporters at ArtSpace in downtown Raleigh, N.C. Gantt has his sights set on the seat now held by Republican Jesse Helms.
Senate hopeful Harvey Gantt is surrounded by his wife and parents in Raleigh after being defeated by Jesse Helms for a U.S. Senate seat in 1996. File Photo
Harvey Gantt, left, talks with Clemson University President James Barker, right, during a ceremony in 2003 at Tillman Hall in Clemson, SC, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Gantt becoming the first black student at the school. AP
Harvey Gantt, left, and U. S. District Judge Matthew Perry, center, shake hands as they are greeted by people attending a ceremony in 2003 that marked the integration of Clemson University. Gantt was the first African American to enroll at Clemson and Judge Perry was his lawyer.
Harvey B. Gantt, right, and Robert C. Edwards, President Emeritus of Clemson University, shake hands during a ceremony in 2003, at Tillman Hall in Clemson marking the 40th anniversary of Gantt's enrollment as the first black at Clemson.
Matthew Perry speaks during the 2003 Citadel Conference as Harvey Gantt, below, listens. Perry helped represent Gantt when he sought admission to Clemson University in 1963. File Photograph
This historical marker in front of Tillman Hall on the Campus of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. marks Jan. 28, 1963, the day that Harvey Gantt became the first black to enroll at the school. The marker was unveiled during a ceremony in 2003.
Harvey Gantt, left, the first African American student to be admitted to Clemson University, watches as the school's student body president, Angelo Mitsopoulos, unveils a historical marker in front of Tillman Hall on the Clemson University campus in Clemson, S.C. in 2003.
Harvey Gantt, national chairman for Sen. John Edward's campaign, speaks to the members of Valley Brook Baptist Church about the Democratic presidential hopeful during services in 2004, in Pelzer, S.C. Gantt is a former mayor of Charlotte, N.C. and the first black to be enrolled in Clemson University.
Former Charlotte, N.C. mayor Harvey Gantt addresses the crowd during a rally to mark the year-out anniversary of the 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.
Harvey Gantt, the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., speaks on the final day of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.