History Lesson Today
History Lesson Today:
Let's Never Forget The Cost of Freedom
Who were Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore?
Harry T. and his wife Harriette V. were the first true civil rights activists of
the modern civil rights era in the State of Florida.
Harry T. Moore organized the first Brevard County branch of the NAACP in 1934 and became its president. He would later travel throughout the state organizing branches and 1941 organized and became President of the Florida State Conference of NAACP branches.
In 1945 he formed the Florida Progressive Voter's League and became its Executive Director. This organization was instrumental in helping register over 100,000 black voters in the State of Florida.
“On Christmas Day in 1951, Harry T. and Harriette Moore had just finished celebrating their silver anniversary when a bomb blew up their home in Mims, Fla. The explosion killed the couple,” explains investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell in an article in the Clarion Ledger. Both had been teachers and civil rights activists.
Harry Moore died on the way to the hospital; Harriette Moore died nine days later, leaving behind two daughters, Evangeline and Annie Rosalea. Evangeline Moore dedicated her life to seeking justice for the death of her parents. Sixty-Five years ago on Christmas Day this couple died seeking justice in a time of dangerous injustice. We must never allow our youths to forget their sacrifice.
Keep men [and women] from being free?. . .
And this he says, our Harry Moore,
As from the grave he cries:
No bomb can kill the dreams I hold,
For freedom never dies!
— from “Ballad of Harry T. Moore” by Langston Hughes