Clarence Henderson supports Donald Trump and loves America, RNC speech tonight Aug 26, 2020, Greensboro A&T Woolworths sit in activist
“Politicians are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless,” “Donald Trump is a leader. And he loves America.”...Clarence Henderson
“The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have.”...Malcom X
“Mr. Trump is saying let’s all stand together as Americans. I have not heard a racist word out of that man’s mouth.”…Ben Stein
Clarence Henderson’s full remarks at the GOP Convention
From the Greensboro News Record August 25, 2020.
“Sit-in activist backs Trump”
‘He loves America’: N.C. A&T student who participated in sit-ins is an unlikely, and unabashed, Trump supporter”
“As he prerecorded a speech for the Republican National Convention last week in front of a mural at the Windsor Recreational Center, Clarence Henderson’s wife told him he needed “to put a little energy in it.”
“I like for the words to resonate,” retorted the low-key, 79-year-old High Point businessman.
Henderson, who as a student at N.C. A&T took part in the historic sit-ins at the old Woolworth department store lunch counter in downtown, is among Wednesday’s speakers at the convention. Dismayed by the violence and vandalism that has erupted in recent months by those demanding racial equality, Henderson will address peaceful protesting and fighting injustices through the legal system.”
“For those who wonder how a Black man, much less one like Henderson who was at the epicenter of the civil rights movement’s resurgence in the 1960s, can support Trump, well, the answer for him is easy.
“Politicians are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless,” said Henderson, who attended Dudley High School. “Donald Trump is a leader. And he loves America.””
“In 1960, Henderson became a part of history, which was memorialized in what is now an iconic photo, when four A&T freshmen — Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond and Ezell Blair Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan) — sat at Woolworth’s segregated lunch counter and asked to be served.
When they were denied, Henderson and others would fill the seats over a period of months, until the counter was integrated.
The sit-in movement spread and is credited with spurring radical changes for people of color throughout the South.
Henderson, who showed up at Woolworth on the second day of the sit-ins, says that his life wasn’t immune to racism before that event — or after.
While in the Army, he recalled flyers that showed up at the Alabama military installation where he was assigned. At the time, former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, an avowed segregationist, was running for president.
“(The flyers) said: ‘Put a white man in the White House and not that ‘n-lover’ Lyndon Baines Johnson,” Henderson said.
He says those who see Trump as racist are wrong.”
“”I know what racism is,” Henderson said. “I know it every time I see it.”
As you can imagine, he’s gotten grief for being a Black Republican. Henderson says that his fight for equal rights for Black people is not voided by the fact that he also believes in less government in the lives of individuals and the economic policies of the Republican Party.
“People are apprehensive about what they’ll say (about Trump),” Henderson said. “I’m not, but others are.”
Henderson thinks Trump will serve another term. On Wednesday, he’ll do his part to get him there.”
Joseph McNeil (from left), Franklin McCain, Billy Smith and Clarence Henderson take part in Day 2 of the sit-ins at Woolworth on Feb. 2, 1960. McNeil and McCain were members of the Greensboro Four, who initiated the protests.
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