Greensboro’s Clarence Avant inducted into Corridor of Fame | Native information

“I was so surprised,” Avant said when he got the call. “I got a call from a friend who was on the committee and said, ‘I want you to shut up until I’m done.’ My daughter had said to him: ‘He won’t come unless you put your foot on the ground.’ “

Avant’s daughter, former US Ambassador to the Bahamas, Nicole Avant, is the wife of Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos.

It was Sarandos who had accompanied him on the last try-on of a tailored suit without a tie that was made just for the occasion.

“I have several bosses,” he said of his wife, Jacqueline Gray Avant, and his daughter. “But I don’t make ties anymore.”

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Named a Grammy Living Legend by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2008, he is the oldest of eight siblings of Gertrude Avant, a domestic worker who raised her children in a small, tidy house in Climax. He still has cousins ​​in the area.

Avant remembered the black and white children from the neighborhood playing together without thinking about the color of their skin.

But as was customary at the time, he attended segregated Goshen through eighth grade and later Dudley High School, which drew its roles from black children from a large geographic area.

After dropping out of his sophomore year at Dudley, he moved to New Jersey, where he had an extended family and held a variety of jobs, from a clerk at Macy’s to an office boy for a legal stock exchange service.

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