MIMS, Fla. – The Florida State Conference of the NAACP annually celebrates the life and works of Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore. This year’s memorial service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015, LaGrange Cemetery, 1575 Old Dixie Highway, Titusville, FL at 2PM.
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore were distinguished teachers and civil rights activists that pioneered the early civil rights movement in Florida. In 1934, Harry T. Moore organized the first branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Brevard County. Driven by his passion for racial equality, Moore traveled throughout the state of Florida fighting for equal pay for African American teachers, investigating police brutality and lynching, and advocating for equal education for African American students during the 1930’s-40’s. As the co-founder the Progressive Voters’ League, Moore worked tirelessly to increase the number of African American registered voters in Florida and was responsible for registering some 116,000 voters between 1944 and 1951. Tragically, he and his wife Harriette were assassinated by a hate bomb on December 25, 1951, on this occasion of their 25th. wedding anniversary.
The Florida State Conference hosts this annual event to promote awareness and celebrate the Moore’s unique contributions to the early civil rights movement.
For more information, please contact the Florida State Conference Youth & College Advisor, Sannye Jones at (352) 875-8430.
This event is free and open to the public.