3 NC natives on tap for Wednesday RNC speeches

Photo of Lara Trump

RALEIGH – Three native North Carolinians are set to speak tonight at the Republican National Convention. The theme for tonight’s portion of the four-day event is titled “Land of Heroes,” and will culminate with a speech from Vice President Mike Pence from Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

Lara Trump, a native of New Hanover County and President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, is set to speak tonight, following her husband Eric Trump’s speech last night. She is a senior campaign adviser and a graduate for NC State University.

Madison Cawthorn, candidate for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional district.

Also set to speak tonight is 24 year-old Congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn, who shocked many political observers by cruising to an impressive win the the runoff in the state’s 11th Congressional district. If elected in November, Cawthorn would become the youngest member of Congress.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, image made from video, Clarence Henderson, a participant in the Feb. 1, 1960, sit-in at a Greensboro, N.C., Woolworth lunch counter, speaks at a campaign event in High Point, N.C., in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Henderson has been criticized for his stance, with many taking to Twitter to accuse him of abandoning the principles he fought so hard for more than half a century ago. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)

Clarence Henderson, who participated in peaceful protests as a student at North Carolina A&T University and is a well-known civil right hero, will also speak on the meaning of “peaceful protests” tonight. Henderson participated in the famous sit-in protests in Greensboro in the 1960s and currently serves as the North Carolina president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation.