“Our Lives Begin to End the Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter.”
The above came to us many years ago, the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Its message gripped Harry Taylor the very first time he read it, and he’s repeated it many times over. Thus it should not surprise that throughout his life, Harry Taylor has given generously of his time and energy to such organizations as Big Brothers, Habitat for Humanity, Outward Bound, the Sierra Club, Children’s Home Society (formerly Youth Homes) and the Charlotte Folk Society, associations in which he has served as both leader and participant. Helping to develop hope, self-esteem and courage in disadvantaged youth has been a lifetime pursuit, as has his advocacy for a clean, safe planet for our youth to inherit.
Harry has also been a tireless political activist, working through grassroots organizations to protect and defend the principles he holds sacred. He is best known for his courageous — and courteous –confrontation of President Bush in Charlotte in April of 2006, a “shot heard ’round the world.” Harry Taylor was born and raised in northern New Jersey, earned a B.A. from Colgate University, served in the US Air Force, lived and worked in real estate and development in Colorado for many years, and relocated to Charlotte in 1987. Owner of a highly regarded commercial real estate brokerage, Harry is also an enthusiastic and talented “old-time country” musician (he plays banjo, mandolin and fiddle). It is from his music life that Harry has become convinced that putting aside differences and focusing on solutions is not only possible, but essential. “After all, music is a universal language,” Harry says. “It allows people from incredibly diverse backgrounds to come together and create something that pleases all — something that comes a little bit from the heart of every one of us.”
In 2008, Harry ran for US Congress against seven-term incumbent Sue Myrick. Upon winning the May Democratic primary, Harry went on to represent the Party in November. He collected more than 138,000 votes, the high-water mark against Myrick during her career in the US House of Representatives. Though he did not win, Harry gained a wide following for his down-to-earth personal approach, from all corners – black, white, Asian, Hispanic, men and women, the LGBT community, old and young.