Harvey Bernard Gantt (born 1943) is an American architect and Democratic politician active in North Carolina. The first African-American student to be admitted to Clemson University after attending Iowa State university. He graduated from Clemson with honors in architecture, earned a master's at MIT, and established a practice in Charlotte with a partner.Gantt entered local politics, where he was elected to the city council, serving from 1974 to 1983. He was elected to two terms as the first black Mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987. In the 1990s, he ran twice for the United States Senate against Jesse Helms, losing each time.