(National Sentinel) Representation: A civil rights pioneer who helped lead parts of the country out of the Jim Crow era is now urging blacks to abandon the Democratic Party and join the GOP.
Clarence Henderson, a Christian and conservative, told a gathering who came to hear him speak in Fayetteville, North Carolina, last week that “what the Democratic Party is most afraid of is conservative blacks,” the Fayetteville Observer reported.
Henderson joined three other fellow black students to stage the famous Greensboro lunch counter sit-in movement in 1960, activism that led to their desegregation. He is often heard crediting the Republican Party for more reliably backing equal rights for blacks.
In the iconic photo below, Henderson can be seen at the far right:
#OTD 1960 Four African American college students sat down at a segregated lunch counter at Woolworth’s in Greensboro, NC, & politely asked for service. They were Joseph A. McNeil, Franklin E. McCain, William Smith & Clarence Henderson. Shown here on 2nd day of sit-in. pic.twitter.com/zmZCdEWR0b
— Minnesota Historical Society (@mnhs) February 1, 2018
Henderson now serves as president of the North Carolina chapter of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group that seeks to increase the number of conservative black Christians in the GOP.
The Observer reported that Henderson’s organization has been successful in its recruitment efforts.
“My dad, with a third-grade education, said to me, ‘Well, son, you don’t know what the Democratic Party has done as far as blacks are concerned,’” Henderson told the Miami Herald, which added:
He discovered the Democrats had created and enforced Jim Crow and the Republican Party was behind the constitutional amendments that abolished slavery, granted equal protection to freed slaves and gave blacks the right to vote.
He cast his first vote for a Republican presidential candidate for George W. Bush. Henderson, who ran a financial services business for more than 25 years before retiring a decade ago, said he respected Bush’s business background.
Henderson has been grilled often by Left-leaning media outlets over his support for President Donald J. Trump and Republicans in general, as noted in a recent CNN interview. The host wanted to know why Henderson was backing Trump’s decision to visit the grand opening of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum:
Also, prior to the 2016 election, another CNN host attempted to lecture Henderson over his support for Trump, but he stood his ground.
“I come from an era of time known as Jim Crow,” Henderson said at one point, “and I know what racism is and what racism isn’t.”
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