Who’s Harry?

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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.