CataLysT 2021

Levine Museum of the New South cordially invites you to CataLysT, a come-as-you-are fundraiser that will entertain, enlighten, engage and support the nation’s most unique history museum. This year’s CataLysT is a hybrid event! Guests are invited to attend in-person at Victoria Yards or join virtually, from the comfort of your own home.

Enjoy an evening of poignant performances by spoken word artists Carlos Robson, Shane Manier, Hannah Hasan, Boris Rogers & Kurma Murrain, musical performance by Bradford Ray Bailey Band and an inspiring virtual message from Princeton University professor, author, and MSNBC contributor, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Dr. Glaude, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, has appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News’ Hannity and Colmes Show, and NBC Meet the Press. He is a political commentator and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience.

CataLysT will surely be a night to remember – an evening of story, music, community and reflection. Dr. Glaude’s message, America’s Great Promise, will examine the three great waves of the Civil Rights struggle in America – a struggle characterized by progress and set-backs – and will invite us all to look inward.

All contributions benefit Levine Museum’s efforts to build a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration.

Two ways to join us:

CataLysT: In-Person at Levine Museum of the New South*

Join us for cocktail hour, food, live music entertainment, the virtual viewing of Dr. Glaude’s talk and exclusive Q&A session.

6:15 – 7:00 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Virtual Program Begins
8:00 pm: After-Party

*We will carefully adhere to CDC Guidelines in effect at this time. 

CataLysT: Virtual Event

Join us for the virtual viewing of Dr. Glaude’s talk.

7:00 pm: Virtual Program Begins

No worries if you are unable to tune in on June 5th, your ticket purchase gives you access to the event on-demand until 11:59 pm EST Monday, June 14th.


Meet Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Eddie GlaudePrinceton University professor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. Combining a scholar’s knowledge of history, a political commentator’s take on the latest events, and an activist’s passion for social justice, Dr. Glaude challenges all of us to examine our collective American conscience. 

His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy.

In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Dubois, "not hopeless, but a bit hopeful."

Meet Bradford Ray Bailey

Bradford Ray Bailey

Bradford Ray Bailey plays original instrumental Jazz that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

He continually wows audiences by thumping bass lines, strumming chords, and plucking melodies all at the same time on his custom 8-string hybrid bass/guitar.

His signature style of writing, performing, and teaching combines a humorous and inspirational approach to the serious business of enjoying life through music.


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