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CHARLOTTE, N.C. Community leaders attending the Power of One launch at the Bechtler Museum Tuesday morning heard a surprise announcement.

We have just heard the wonderful news that we will host the Democratic National Convention, said Maria Hanlin from the front of the room.

The announcement has many people excited, including Hanlin. She s the executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries, the group that hosted the morning conference on education and poverty.

I am ecstatic that the DNC is coming to Charlotte. So many of our community leaders have worked on this and this is a great thing for our city, she said.

Many of the city s cultural sites have been waiting to hear about the decision regarding the DNC, as it will bring tens of thousands of delegates and dignitaries to the Queen City.

John Boyer with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is looking forward to the event.

It will be a pleasure, he said. I hope to welcome the President and the First Lady, because when they changed the art in the White House, they selected a painting by Nicholas Destael, and we have one here in the museum too, about the same date and the same subject matter, and I'd like to think they would come over and see our painting too.

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