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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt briefly addressed the convention inside Time Warner Cable Arena, highlighting the Queen City s efforts in hosting the DNC.

Gantt was the first black mayor of Charlotte and the first black student at Clemson University.

At the podium Gantt introduced a tribute video on the late Charlottean Susan Burgess. The one time City Councilwoman spent three decades serving the public in Charlotte.

She served on the Democratic National Committee and helped lead Charlotte's effort to bring this convention here tonight, Gantt said. She fought for what she believed in, and she fought her own battle with cancer. Sadly, she did not get the chance to see this convention convene. But I know she'd be very proud, and she is with us in spirit.

Even though the political and social trailblazer narrowly lost in his bid to reach the national political stage, his accomplishments paved the way for Barack Obama to win the Oval Office, several political observers said Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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