The Life Of Bakari

Bakari Henderson is the beloved son of Phil and Jill Henderson and brother of P.J. and Jory. At 22, Bakari was murdered on the Greek island of Zakynthos on 7-7-17 while pursuing his dream of launching Bakari Luxury Sportswear, his clothing line, which he conceptualized as a young teenager. 

In his early years, Bakari overcame dyslexia, and went on to receive a full academic scholarship to the University of Arizona, where he graduated from with a degree in Business Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Eller College of Management, less than 2 months prior to this tragedy. He had a singular focus: build a business empire and demonstrate what it means to live fully and fearlessly.

Bakari was a scholar, an athlete, and an avid traveler.  He visited China, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, England, Monaco, Columbia, and Greece using money he saved from his various business ventures. His passion and love for people of all cultures is honored through the mission of The Bakari Foundation.

Bakari lived by the motto, “Plan B is for those who are not confident in their Plan A”.  He was confident about his plan in life, inquisitive about all things financial and global and relentless in achieving his goals as an entrepreneur. Bakari was a quiet storm who shared his love and compassion with family and friends, by sharing thoughtful sentiments, and encouraging words.

Through this devastating tragedy, emerges our opportunity to turn our pain into purpose by helping families heal. It has been a journey full of trials and triumphs and our family and The Bakari Foundation would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, donors, partners, friends, and volunteers for helping us help others.

Senate Proclamation Session (Part II) – July 24, 2017


The YMCA of Austin recently recognized Bakari and The Henderson Family by renaming “The Emerging Leader of the Year Award”  to “The Bakari Henderson Emerging Leader Award”.