Black History Month Honoree

My Roots Foundation seeks to discover and honor the accomplishments of those who have come before us.  In celebration of black history month, we would like to invite you to consider the accomplishments of Glenwood Burden Sr., who in 1961 became the first African American to attend Goldsboro High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

You can see the full video production on Glenwood Burden at

Years ago we helped a client, Gail Burden with her family history discovery.  At this time, and in honor of Black History Month, we would like to point you to one of Ms. Burden’s siblings with a very inspiring story in honor of Black History Month.

Integration was spreading across the nation and the local NAACP had chosen a handful of students to break the color barrier at Goldsboro high school in Goldsboro NC.

When the time came, Glenwood Earl Burden was the only black teen who made the courageous walk that fall day into the school.  There were police escorts and picketers out in force that day.   He was greeted by the principle, C. W. Twiford and he felt welcomed by the staff.

Over the course of his high school career, Glenwood was active and very involved in student life.

After graduating from Goldsboro High in 1964, Burden Sr. took classes at Wayne Community College and St. Augustine College, but left before graduating when he was drafted during the Vietnam War.

He returned to Wayne County in 1970.  He died April 9, 2009.

Join us in honoring Glenwood Earl Burden this Black History Month.


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