Color Him Father: A son reflects on his trailblazing dad

Color Him Father Podcast




“Some of his players include (the late) Sen. Dr. Benjamin Lambert Sr.and Kermit Blount, former head coach at Winston Salem State University to name just a few,” says Paul J. Lawrence, the son of the late Angier “Horse” Lawrence. “(My father) said what he meant and meant what he said. Everyone loved to hear him lay folks out… unless he was talking to you. And I was not immune to that because I was his son.” 


Paul J. Lawrence

Join us  June 16, 2018 @ the Richmond Public Library as Richmonder Paul J. Lawrence, president of the Richmond, Va. chapter of the N.C. A&T State University Alumni Association, reflects on the lessons learned from his trailblazing father, the late Angier “Horse” Lawrence. After Mr. Lawrence’s presentation, attendees may share their own reflections of their fathers or other significant men who helped shape  their lives.

Paul Lawrence

Born and raised in Richmond, Va., Paul J. Lawrence’s parents were two educators whose early emphasis on the importance of education and learning was not lost on their child. Paul attended Richmond’s Benedictine High School where he excelled in the military and academics. At Benedictine, Paul was the first black cadet to achieve the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the school’s history.  While there, he also was a three-time state discus champion and, upon graduation, he received a full ROTC Scholarship.

Paul used that scholarship at North Carolina A&T State University where he majored in mechanical engineering. With an career that spans some 22 years in the United States and internationally, Paul currently works as an engineer at AMF Bakery Systems in Richmond. His impressive design portfolio includes work with Walt Disney Imagineering with rides in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida. His aerospace work for Zodiac Aerospace has been used by Gulfstream Airbus and Boeing.

Paul currently is the president of the Richmond Chapter of the North Carolina A&T Alumni Association. He is also on the Stem Board of advisors of the Chesterfield County School system.

Most of Paul’s time outside of work is spent mentoring young people and following sports such as Formula One Racing and Football.


Angier “Horse” Lawrence


Mr. Lawrence was born in Durham, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina College in 1949. He joined the coaching staff at NCC. He later earned his Master’s degree from New York University in Health and Physical Education and joined the faculty at Huntington High School in Newport News, Virginia. In 1953, Coach Lawrence began coaching football, basketball, track and baseball at Virginia Randolph High School. He was there for 15 years. In 1957 “Horse” became a CIAA Basketball Official, where he delighted spectators and players until 1988. He served as an official in many NCAA regional tournaments, VHSL tournaments, CIAA and MEAC tournaments.

In 1968 Coach Lawrence moved to Richmond Public Schools’ Armstrong High School to fill the head football coaching position vacated by the retirement of Maxie C. Robinson. He served until 1979, when he became head of the school’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He served in this position at the time of his death.

Date and Time:

June 16

10 a.m.

Richmond Public Library

101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Refreshments will be provided.

Register @ EventBrite

*Sponsored by the BND Institute of Media and Culture, Inc., AfroEconomics with JB Bryan, Michael L. Harvey, MLH Assets Management, LP

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