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Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Series

Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Series

Angelo Henderson

As deputy Detroit bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Angelo B. Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1999 for reporting on the long-lasting effects of crime after an attempted robbery at a drug store that ended in the robber's death. He began a second career as a talk-show host for WCHB-AM, was an ordained minister, co-founder of a crime-watch group, and owner of Angelo Ink, a freelance-writing, speaking and consulting business.

Henderson was known for his community service, engaging personality, and wide network of sources and ability to report about people in all walks of life. When he passed away at age 51 in 2014, Detroit’s mayor said few people had worked as tirelessly and passionately to improve the community.

A Louisville native and 1985 University of Kentucky journalism graduate, Henderson also was a reporter for The Detroit News, The Courier-Journal and the St. Petersburg Times. He also served as a leader in the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame and posthumously inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Series Fund at the University of Kentucky was created by his wife, Felecia Henderson, in his honor.


The inaugural lecture in Angelo B. Henderson Lecture Series will feature journalist and author Wesley Lowery, who will present "Covering Social Justice in the Era of Social Media" on Tuesday, February 9, 5-6:30 p.m.


Angelo Henderson

Wesley Lowery is a nationally renowned journalist and book author specializing in the coverage of diversity, race, crime, urban, and political issues. Now a reporter for CBS News, he was previously at the The Washington Post, where his work on the “Fatal Force” project on police shootings helped the Post win the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2016. He previously reported for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. His work also has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Detroit News, The Atlantic, and GQ Magazine.

His award-winning book "‘They Can't Kill Us All’: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement" was published in 2016 when he was 26 years old.

Among his many awards, the National Association of Black Journalists named him Emerging Journalist of the Year in 2014. Lowery earned his B.S. in journalism from Ohio University 2017.

To accompany this important event, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the College of Communication and Information will be hosting a Student Reading Group to discuss Wesley Lowery’s book, New York Times Bestseller They Can’t Kill Us All about Black Lives Matter, Ferguson and the response to Michael Brown’s Death. We are offering free copies of the book to any student interested in participating in a Zoom Reading group to talk about the book and/or its approach to journalism. Please click the link below to sign up for your free book by Midnight on February 5th: