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B. B. De Laine

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Tell A Person To Go To Hell In Such A Way That They'll Enjoy The Trip.

Birthplace

Born:
10/1/1937
Birth Location:
Columbia, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
High School Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Tell A Person To Go To Hell In Such A Way That They'll Enjoy The Trip.

Birthplace

Born:
10/1/1937
Birth Location:
Columbia
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Biography

Educator Brumit Belton De Laine or B.B. De Laine was born on October 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina to Mattie Belton De Laine, a teacher, and Joseph Armstrong De Laine, a minister, teacher, and community activist. De Laine attended segregated elementary schools, and during his childhood, his father spearheaded a civil rights protest against the segregated school and transportation systems in Clarendon County, South Carolina. As a youth, De Laine witnessed the protests and social tensions that led to the Briggs v. Elliott school desegregation case that was eventually bundled with Brown v. Board of Education. Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision, De Laine witnessed widespread vandalism and terror perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan. He witnessed the burning of his father’s church and the escape of his family to New York City.

De Laine graduated from Carver Public High School in 1955. He attended Howard University for one half of a year and then transferred to Johnson C. Smith University where he got involved in and was one of three primary organizers of the lunch counter sit-in demonstrations in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. degree in psychology and economics from Johnson C. Smith University in 1960.

De Laine accepted a job as a bus driver in New York City. In 1964, he graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in safety, and in 1965, De Laine began teaching in the Chappaqua, New York schools. The following academic year, De Laine moved back to North Carolina with his wife, Edith Strickland De Laine, and three children where he accepted a teaching position in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System at Garinger High School in 1965. De Laine was the first African American teacher at Garinger High School. In 1969, De Laine became Director of Driver Education for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. In 1977, De Laine completed a sixth year certificate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, earning him advanced certification in school administration. After more than thirty years in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System, De Laine retired in 1996. Soon after, he joined the Board of Directors for the Swann Fellowship.

De Laine resides in Charlotte, where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Briggs-DeLaine-Pearson Foundation.

De Laine was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 21, 2007.

B.B. De Laine passed away on June 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of B. B. De Laine's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine talks about his homes in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine describes his upbringing in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine remembers traveling with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's discipline
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - B. B. De Laine describes his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - B. B. De Laine remembers the Liberty Hill School in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - B. B. De Laine remembers his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - B. B. De Laine recalls the Scotts Branch School in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - B. B. De Laine remembers segregation in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - B. B. De Laine describes the segregated movie theaters in South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine recalls the segregated restaurants in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine remembers the lynchings in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine recalls the transportation available to black students in Clarendon County, South Carolina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine remembers the family of Levi Pearson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine recalls the transportation available to black students in Clarendon County, South Carolina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine describes the white community of Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - B. B. De Laine describes the case of Pearson v. Board of Education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's role in the community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - B. B. De Laine talks about the inequalities of school segregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - B. B. De Laine remembers Carver High School in Lake City, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine recalls the results of the Briggs v. Elliott case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine describes his father's reaction to Brown v. Board of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine describes the results of the Briggs v. Elliott case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine recalls his decision to attend Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine recalls his decision not to attend a private high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine describes the white reprisals against his father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine remembers attending Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine remembers leaving Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - B. B. De Laine describes segregation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - B. B. De Laine recalls his start at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - B. B. De Laine describes Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine recalls his start as a civil rights leader in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine talks about his father's influence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine describes the student sit-ins in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine describes the results of the student protest movement in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine shares his protest philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine recalls working for the welfare department in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine remembers meeting and marrying his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine remembers his graduate studies at New York University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - B. B. De Laine describes race relations at New York University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - B. B. De Laine talks about his civil rights activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - B. B. De Laine describes his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - B. B. De Laine describes how he became an educator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine describes his position at Garinger High School in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine remembers Principal Ed Sanders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine recalls a white parent's reaction to school integration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine recalls a prejudiced coworker at Garinger High School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine describes the changes in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine describes his religious involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine describes his role at the Education Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine remembers the leadership of Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - B. B. De Laine recalls the white protests against busing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - B. B. De Laine describes the school busing process in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - B. B. De Laine remembers the death of his father
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - B. B. De Laine reflects upon his father's accomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - B. B. De Laine recalls earning a certification in school administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - B. B. De Laine remembers the busing crisis in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - B. B. De Laine describes the resegregation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - B. B. De Laine describes his retirement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - B. B. De Laine remembers the death of his mother
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - B. B. De Laine reflects upon his father's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - B. B. De Laine reflects upon his family's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - B. B. De Laine narrates his photographs with his brother, Joseph A. De Laine, Jr.