International First Vice President’s father honored at street naming ceremony

June 27, 2017

Mr. Henry Earl Baskin, Sr., the late father of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s International First Vice President, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, was recognized for his leadership and community service as a civil rights activist with the naming of a portion of Weaver Road after Henry Earl Baskin, Sr. in Memphis, Tennessee on June 17, 2017. The Memphis City Council approved the street naming resolution earlier this year honoring the World War II veteran and the city’s first black foreman in the Memphis Sanitation Department.

“My family and I are extremely grateful and humbled by this recognition for our late father,” Glover said. “He believed in equality for all human beings and was not afraid to stand up for his belief that we were all created equally and deserved to be treated as such. Our success as a family is largely because of our father. He was committed to our family.”

Mr. Baskin worked as a juvenile court probation officer for more than 30 years, and as a zone supervisor for the city of Memphis for 29 years. He was a devoted community servant, organizing the Weaver Clowns Baseball Club in 1955 because of racial discrimination and serving actively with the NAACP organizing marches and participating in sit-in demonstrations with other prominent civil rights leaders. As a voice for change, he further managed political campaigns and served as a precinct director working the polls to ensure voters’ rights were not violated. His efforts led to improved sewage lines and indoor facilities for African-Americans in the Weaver Road-Boxtown area as well as better roads and fire and police protection in the South Memphis.

Glenda Baskin Glover extends words of appreciation during a street dedication ceremony in Memphis honoring her late father, Henry Earl Baskin, Sr.

(L to R) Rev. Lester Baskin, Mrs. Irene Baskin, Glenda Baskin Glover, Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. Rev. Henry Baskin Jr. pose in front of new street sign named in honor of the late Henry Earl Baskin, Sr.

The Baskin family celebrates during the street dedication ceremony in honor of family patriarch, Henry Earl Baskin, Sr. (Submitted photo)