Clarence Henderson to Speak at Wilson, NC Church’s Black History Month Event on Feb. 2

Clarence Henderson to speak at event February 2, 2020. Source: Jacquie Jeffers, State of NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioner
Clarence Henderson to speak at event February 2, 2020. Source: Jacquie Jeffers, State of NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioner

On Sunday, February 2, 2020, the St. John AME Zion Church in Wilson, North Carolina will hold an event in celebration of Black History, with speaker Clarence Henderson, Civil Rights pioneer.

The event will begin at 10am with morning worship. The church is located at 119 N Pender Street, Wilson, NC, and all are welcome to attend the service.

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About Clarence Henderson

In 1960, on the second day of the Greensboro sit-in, Joseph A. McNeil and Franklin E. McCain were joined by William Smith and Clarence Henderson at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC. Clarence Henderson was in the forefront of the civil rights battle as he bravely stepped up to participate in the sit-in at the Woolworth’s diner.

Today, Mr. Henderson is a champion for freedom and conservative values. His message will inspire you and teach you how to change the narrative in this nation, from “Liberty for a few” to “Liberty for All!”

February 2, 1960, Joseph A. McNeil, Franklin E. McCain, William Smith, and Clarence Henderson at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Greensboro News and Record
February 2, 1960, Joseph A. McNeil, Franklin E. McCain, William Smith, and Clarence Henderson at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Greensboro News and Record

In 2000, Mr. Henderson was the recipient of the 40th Anniversary Sit-In Participant Award and in 2013 he was appointed, by Governor Pat McCrory, to the Chairman seat on the North Carolina Martin Luther King Jr. Commission.  In addition, Governor McCrory conferred in 2016 The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award to Clarence with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary.

As of May 2017, Mr. Henderson was appointed President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation for the State of North Carolina.

Mr. Henderson’s energetic involvement in his church as Head Elder, New Members Coordinator, Sunday school teacher, and Finance committee member; and his life’s journey as a teacher, college administrator, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker has given him a unique perspective on what confronts society today.

While his life is chronicled with episodes of civil unrest in which he found himself thrust in the midst, he did his part to bring awareness and change in a peaceful manner.  Clarence now champions a new cause for a better America by challenging, motivating and inspiring others to be aware and responsible for the world that surrounds them.

 

Source: Jacquie Jeffers, State of NC Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissioner

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