Huntington, WV Black History

Herbert Henderson

Lawyer/Civil Rights Activist

Herbert Henderson came to Huntington in 1958 and opened his law office. He was the founder and partner of Henderson, Henderson & Staples.

He was an instructor of Black History at Marshall University from 1967-1980. He served as president of the NAACP from 1966-86 and president of the Huntington chapter of the West Virginia State College Alumni Association. He also was a member of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP from 1980-92 and served as Interim General Counsel for the national NAACP in 1984 and an additional term from 1989-90.

As a Civil Rights leader, Henderson helped lead the fight for establishment of a strong West Virginia Human Rights Commission, and he was a strong proponent for state recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He also was instrumental in supervising school desegregation and public accommodations in the Mountain State. He facilitated the hiring of minorities and women as West Virginia State Troopers.

In 2012, the West Virginia Legislature created the Herbert H. Henderson Office of Minority Affairs in the Governor’s Office.

Henderson was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the Mountain State Bar Association and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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