Host of African American Inspiration radio show in Flint remembered as ‘firecracker of life’ –

Host of African American Inspiration radio show in Flint remembered as ‘firecracker of life’ –

Bettye Hendricks, founder of the African American Inspiration show on WFLT-AM 1420, died peacefully at home on April 19. (Photo provided by Nikki Rochelle Dorsey)
FLINT, MI — Bettye Hendricks was the cheerleader of her daughter’s life.
She was a friend, a backer and a voice of positivity for Nikki Rochelle Dorsey, Hendricks’ daughter, and that’s how she will be remembered.
Hendricks, who hosted the African American Inspiration radio show on WFLT-AM 1420 for 16 years on Saturday mornings in Flint, died peacefully at her home on April 19.
She was 74 years old.
A full funeral service, viewing and family hour took place on April 22 and 23 at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church.
Hendricks’ impact on the Flint community is hard to describe because it was shown in so many different ways.
Her radio show spoke to people young and old about the positive things happening in and around the Flint community.
“There is usually a lot of negativity when people talk about Flint. Even living in Texas, people say ‘Oh my gosh, you are from Flint,’ " Dorsey said. “But what my mom has been able to do is take that negativity and turn it around. She shared what’s going on in the community and got people more involved.”
Dorsey remembered a specific segment on her mother’s program called “Young & Gifted,” which highlighted young people doing interesting things in the community.
“She was very successful because she was able to reach different audiences,” Dorsey said. “… She was able to reach out to different colors and different races and different genders within the community.”
A “community mom,” as her daughter described, Hendricks volunteered with the Ruth Mott Foundation for much of her life after retiring from General Motors.
She used her own money to become the founder of the African American Inspiration show.
Hendricks graduated from Flint Central High School in the Class of 1964. She was born in Louisiana and moved to Flint during her childhood, later studying at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan-Flint.
She was the recipient of the recipient of Courageous Student Award in 2011, Phi Delta Kappa “Hall of Living Legends” in 2012, Quintin L. Marshall Sr. Lifetime Legacy Award in 2021 and served as a board member of Women in Education Foundation for Mott Community College, according to her obituary, which noted Hendricks’ motto: “To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Required.”
Bettye Jean Hendricks is survived by her daughter, Nikki Rochelle Dorsey; son, Gilbert Earl Dorsey II; granddaughter, Briella Eliza Rose Robinson; sisters, Donna Hendricks and Debra Hendricks; brothers, Alvin Hendricks and Cornell Hendricks; and, several other family members and friends.
Cards and condolences for Hendricks can be sent to [email protected].
Read more at The Flint Journal:
‘The world thinks the water crisis is over. It’s not’: Flint remembers 8 years since crisis began
Funding secured to remove hazardous Hamilton Dam on Flint River
Strategic plan for Flint schools to be revisited with several changes
Mott Community College receives largest ever grant – $12.5 million – to renovate campus center
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