AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Another Pittsburgh legend has passed. I met Mr. Henderson when I first started to play. He was very encouraging. May he rest in peace with God.
I owe alot to Henderson
God rest his soul. Now the angels will be joined by one of the greats.
I talked with Henderson at Crawford Grille a couple of times. He was so kind and congenial, to me indicative of an integral part of the Crawford Grille atmosphere.
Much later I saw the movie "Struggles in Steel". There he was, in the most heart-clenching scene.
Taken from an article at Baltimore Sun
In a painful sequence in the PBS documentary, a Duquesne Steelworker named Henderson Thomas is moved to tears describing his two-year struggle to become a crane operator.
"By me eating, sleeping, praying, I became as good as anybody," Thomas says in a choked voice. "I was determined and I did it."
It's beautiful that his voice was heard. But his talent as a musician somehow didn't make it into the movie or the article. I am grateful for this obituary page, to record some of these things.
Thank you Dr. Day. You have truly spoken in the spirit of this network.