Still in shock beyond words, really, that Angelo Henderson is no longer with us. We arrived in Detroit at about the same time to do the same thing: write about small business and minority business development for the newspaper. He was at the News; I was at the Free Press. We were friendly competitors.
Everyone will remember Angelo for his enthusiasm, his sense of humor, and his bond with the people of Detroit. But what stands out for me is how he melded his profession and his faith. Before he became an ordained minister, he got in the habit of beginning every public statement with the words, “Giving honor to God, who is the head of my life . . . ” It felt a bit over the top, but I figured — that’s Angelo! Before long, he began writing for the Wall Street Journal, and not long after that, he was collecting a Pulitzer Prize — as good as it gets in the field of journalism. I was already a believer, but the connection between faith and success — in one’s career and in life — became much clearer after that.
Angelo’s life was too short, but it was one well lived.