Robert & Shauna Valentine Family

Robert Young Valentine and Shauna Burgon Valentine met at BYU, fell in love and were married in 1967. They have lived in Provo, Utah; Durham and Laurinburg, North Carolina; and, for nearly three decades in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bob and Shauna moved back to Utah in 2004 into a new home in Highland. They have five grown children, Christopher, Lisa, Gina, James and Amanda and a lot of grandchildren. Enjoy news and photos of our growing family. Send comments, too. Stay in touch!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Court-Ordered Integration in Durham, NC in 1969

In December 1969, Shauna Burgon Valentine volunteered to teach at Bragtown Elementary School, a formerly "black" segregated school. "White" kids were bused to Bragtown. The year went smoothly. The white and black parents loved "Mrs. Shauna" as much as the kids did! Robert remembers the day when Shauna came home and said,"Today, I taught my kids about Martin Luther King!" She was beaming! We had some wonderful years in Durham, NC (4), where Chris was born at the Duke Hospital, and Laurinburg, NC (3), where Lisa and Gina were born at Scotland County Hospital, the "black" hospital a few blocks from our house on Prince Street. Shauna thought it was silly to drive 35 miles to the so-called "white" maternity hospital in another town, but that's another story. Durham County Schools, Durham, North Carolina, December 19, 1969 Dear Parents: Due to the recent rulings of the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit concerning the establishment of a unitary school system in Durham County, your child ___________, in grade ________, is being assigned to _________________School. New bus schedules will be in effect. Until definite timing and routes can be determined, it may be necessary for your child to be ready earlier than usual, though some buses may not have to leave as early as in the past. It will take a few days to get the bus schedules and times of pickups establishes. Your cooperation in this matter will be appreciated. Signed, Charles H. Chewning, Sr., Superintendent, Durham County Schools.


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