Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in a sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.
In 2016, he is again taking a risky stand; he is supporting Donald Trump.
And he isn’t shy about it. Last month he gave the invocation at a Trump rally here, smiling as he shook the Republican candidate’s hand.
Trump is deeply unpopular in the black community. He has called on black voters to vote for him because “what the hell do you have to lose?” His support among blacks is less than the margin of error in some polls.
Henderson, 74, has been criticized for his stance, with many taking to Twitter to accuse him of abandoning the principles he fought so hard for more than half a century ago.