T.J. Reddy: A Life of Art and Activism Virtual Panel Discussion

Thomas James “T.J”  Reddy was an UNC Charlotte alumnus and a talented artist, poet, musician, and civil rights activist. As a student here, he helped to found the Black Student Union and Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte. Along with two other activists, together known as the “Charlotte Three,” Reddy was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting a horse stable on fire. After his sentence was commuted by Governor Jim Hunt in 1979 and he was released from prison, Reddy brought art to life with his paintings and poetry. Reddy passed away on March 31, 2019, but he is still with us in art and memory.  Please join us virtually as we honor and celebrate him in what would have been his 75th year of life.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Arts & Culture, Diversity & Multicultural





Atkins Library


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Josiah Hemphill

Josiah Hemphill left a positive review 12/1/2020

As someone who joined this presentation just to get an event down for this semester, I think this was definlty the best event. It was spectacular in that fact that I was able to learn about such a great guy. I learned a lot of interesting poetry and actually saved some of the quotes that he used. One quote that I really loved was when he said "we are all inprinsoned", which just spoke to me on another level. I was a great presentation and i am definitely glad that I went.

River Peebles

River Peebles left a positive review 12/1/2020

It was really nice to learn about T.J. Reddy and his legacy. Also, hearing from his family and friends was really special as well. I'm so glad I was able to attend.