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Joseph A. De Laine, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Retail Entrepreneur
Pharmaceutical Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
French Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Solitude
Favorite Quote:
God Gave Me A Brain To Think For Myself.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1933
Birth Location:
Blackville, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Retail Entrepreneur
Pharmaceutical Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
French Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Solitude
Favorite Quote:
God Gave Me A Brain To Think For Myself.

Birthplace

Born:
8/17/1933
Birth Location:
Blackville
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Biography

Pharmaceutical executive and retail entrepreneur Joseph Armstrong De Laine, Jr. was born on August 17, 1933, in Blackville, South Carolina, to Mattie Lee Belton De Laine, a teacher, and Joseph Armstrong De Laine, Sr., a minister, teacher and community activist. De Laine, Sr., was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement in Clarendon County, South Carolina, that led to the Briggs v. Elliot court case. De Laine attended Scott’s Branch Public High School in Summerton, South Carolina, and graduated from high school at Mather Academy in 1950. De Laine attended Johnson C. Smith University for a year until transferring to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1954. He served for the U.S. armed forces during the Korean Conflict.

Upon De Laine’s return from Korea, he joined his family in New York, where they resettled after death threats in South Carolina. Over a six year period, he was employed as a cancer research assistant at Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York; Sloan Kettering Institute in New York, New York; E. R. Squibb in New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Joint Disease Hospital in New York, New York. In 1964, De Laine joined Hoffmann La Roche, Inc. as a pharmaceutical sales representative. During the ensuing twenty years, he enjoyed positions at the management level in promotion, marketing, and staff positions as Director of Marketing for Diagnostics Division and Corporate Director of Corporate EEO. Upon retirement, De Laine relocated from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he owned and operated Joseph’s Imports, an outlet of unusual imported artifacts from Europe, Africa, and Asia.

De Laine presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Briggs-De Laine-Pearson Foundation in Summerton, South Carolina, and for the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Since retirement, he also served as a Presidential Appointee on the “50th Anniversary Brown v. Board Presidential Commission” and for several years as a member and president of the Board for the Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joseph A. De Laine, Jr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about his enslaved maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's occupation and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his paternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his paternal grandfather's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his paternal grandfather's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about his possible ancestor, Ben De Lane
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about his paternal great-great-grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls living on the campus of Macedonia High School in Blackville, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers his family's move to Clarendon County, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes the Bob Johnson School in Clarendon County, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his home in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers the holidays with his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls lessons from his family about racial discrimination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes segregation in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's role in the community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's role in the community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes the white community in Clarendon County, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. shares the history of public education in South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls the transportation for black students in Clarendon County, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers Pearson v. Clarendon County and School District No. 26
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about the black community's commitment to education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes the role of the NAACP in Clarendon County, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's meeting with Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers the termination of Principal A.M. Anderson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes the discriminatory voting regulations in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls the unrest at Scotts Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes Scotts Branch High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes the Mather Academy in Camden, South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers his principal at the Mather Academy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes Thurgood Marshall's role in Briggs v. Elliott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls the decision of Briggs v. Elliott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers the burning of his father's house
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls observing a Ku Klux Klan meeting, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls observing a Ku Klux Klan meeting, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls the reprisals against his father
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's escape to New York State
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's civil rights work in New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his decision to attend Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his experiences at Johnson C. Smith University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his transfer to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes segregation in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his experiences at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. remembers his service in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his U.S. Army battalion
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his parents' experiences in New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his work in cancer research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his graduate education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about his father's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his work in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his experiences of discrimination at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. recalls his experiences of financial discrimination
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes his community involvement in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. reflects upon his mother's legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. lists his mother's siblings
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. lists his father's siblings
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. reflects upon his parents' legacies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. describes how he would like his father to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. talks about helping others in nonconventional ways
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Joseph A. De Laine, Jr. narrates his photographs