GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina civil rights pioneer has received one of the state’s highest honors in a formal ceremony in Greensboro.
Clarence Henderson received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award Friday at the old Guilford County Courthouse, according to the Greensboro News & Record (http://bit.ly/2n97jJ0 ).
The recipients are chosen by the governor to honor their service to the state. The society’s website indicates that Henderson’s selection was made in 2016.
Henderson was a sit-in participant about 60 years ago at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.
He was an 18-year-old student at North Carolina A&T State University when he joined four lunch counter protesters on the second day of their protest. They were arrested but they added momentum to a wave of nonviolent protests against racist policies.