Glenwood Earl Burden, Sr.

Glenwood Earl Burden, Sr.


Glenwood was the first African American student to attend Goldsboro High School. He was one out of five African American students who was chosen to attend however, Glenwood ended up being the only student to go to GHS. The first day of school was chaotic with police escorts and picketers in Herman Park, yet 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 a member of the Goldsmasquers drama group and one of the top salesmen in the annual magazine drive. Once graduating from high school, he attended Wayne Community College and St. Augustine College and joined the Navy. For 25 years, he spearheaded a TV program called Gospel Perspectives and published the Good News Gazette, a non-denominational monthly newspaper.

Glenwood and his wife, Margaret had two children, Glenwood Jr., and Valerie, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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