Not all heroes of the civil rights movement became household names. Consider Harry T. Moore.
On Christmas night in 1951, a bomb ripped through Moore’s house, killing him and his wife. Moore, the president of the NAACP in Florida, was helping defend three young black people accused of raping a white woman. No one was ever indicted in Moore’s death, and though the incident is considered by some as the start of the civil rights movement, his name doesn’t carry the same recognition today as leading movement figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
“Moore’s name is kind of forgotten as a martyr of the civil rights movement,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gilbert King told a packed house at the third annual March on Washington Film Festival. FULL STORY