A cherished member of the community in Detroit passed away yesterday, and as a memorable radio host, Angelo Henderson will be remembered for the ways in which he helped the people of Detroit.
He was 51 years old, and reportedly died peacefully at his home in Pontiac, although his cause of death is still unknown.
Not only was Angelo Henderson a longtime host of a radio show in Detroit, he was also a Pulitzer Prize winner. His Pulitzer Prize is especially significant because he is the only African-American reporter to win the honor for The Wall Street Journal, which he did in 1999.
The news of his death was confirmed by his wife, Felecia D. Henderson, who is the assistant managing editor of features and presentation at The Detroit News. In addition to his work in radio, Henderson was an associate minister at Triumph Church where he also served as the director of evangelism and outreach.
Rest In Paradise to the big homie Rev. Angelo Henderson you will be missed brother. A true community leader, friend & inspiration.
— LaRonn Harris (@LaRonnHarris) February 16, 2014
Through his work with the church and other community work, he made his presence known in Detroit. He also co-founded the Detroit 300 with Raphael B. Johnson, and the organization grew to over 5,000 members, working to assist the police with the “no snitch” policy that exists in Detroit.
In addition to the many people who worked closely with him in the church and other organizations, Mike Duggan, the mayor of Detroit, also spoke out about the important member of the community. Duggan said “Through his radio program, his ministry and his personal community service, everything Angelo did was meant to uplift our city and its people. In his time with us, he touched countless lives, including my own.”
Angelo Henderson became one of the most well-known voices on the radio through his work as the host of “Your Voice With Angelo Henderson,” which was one of Detroit’s most popular news talk radio shows, and aired on Detroit’s Radio One. He was also the founder of Angelo Ink, a writing, speaking, and media consulting firm.
RIP TO A GREAT JOURNALIST! @angelohenderson WAS A GREAT MAN THAT TAUGHT ME ALOT WHILE I WAS AT RADIO ONE!
— MarcDetroit (@MarcDetroit) February 15, 2014
Henderson was honored by Columbia University as one of the nation’s best reporters on race and ethnicity in America, which came a year after his Pulitzer Prize.
He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and was the son to the late Ruby and Roger Henderson. He grew up and stayed in his home state, where he received a Bachelor Of Arts in journalism in 1985, while attending the University of Kentucky.
Angelo Henderson is survived by his wife, and 19-year-old son, Grant. Funeral arrangements are pending through the Swanson Funeral Home on West McNichols in Detroit.
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