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February 23, 2021 School Board Meeting
Title
Resolution Acknowledging the Accomplishments and Unjust Firing of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore
Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 02/23/2021
Consent Type
Discussion

Harry T. Moore was a teacher was an educator hired by the Brevard County School Board in 1925 to teach at Cocoa's only black elementary school and was promoted to the principal of the Titusville Colored School in 1927.  He taught not only required academic subjects to Brevard County's Black students, but also taught the importance of voting, Black History, and current events.  He is remembered as a principal who was patient, unobtrusive and had high expectations of his students.

Harriette V. Moore, was hired by the Brevard County School Board in 1928 and began teaching first grade at Mims Elementary School.  She is remembered as a native of Brevard County, born and raised in Mims and a caring teacher who courageously championed, along side Harry, the movement to improve the lives of and attain equal justice and opportunity for Florida's Black citizens and Brevard County's Black educators and students.

Harry T. Moore was founder of the first branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Brevard and president of the state chapter. He investigated lynchings,filed lawsuits against voter registration barriers and white primaries.  He also led the Progressive Voters League. Following a 1944 US Supreme Court ruling against white primaries between 1944 and 1950, he succeeded in increasing the registration of black voters in Florida to 31 percent of those eligible to vote, higher than in any other southern state.

In 1946, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore were not offered contracts for the next school year by the Brevard Public School Board due to their activism. On Christmas night in 1951, the educators and activists were victims of a bombing of their home in Mims. Mr. Moore died on the way to the nearest Black hospital and Mrs. Moore died nine days later.

The School Board of Brevard County acknowledges the unjust act of the School Board of 1946 who refused to renew the educator's contracts and posthumously recognizes the Moores as Brevard Public Schools Teachers Emeritus and will implement a social studies curriculum for elementary and secondary students.  

Recommendation

Adopt the resolution to acknowledge the unjust act by the School Board of 1946 of refusing to renew Harry T.and Harriette V. Moore's teaching contracts; recognize the Moores for their outstanding service and significant contributions; posthumously recognize the Moores as Brevard Public Schools Teachers Emeritus; implement a social studies curriculum for elementary and secondary students titled THE HARRY T. AND HARRIETTE V. MOORE LEGACY CURRICULUM beginning with the 2021-2022 school year; as well as a field trip (pending funding and relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions) to the Harry T. and Harriett V. Moore Cultural Center for all student in 8th grade. 

Authority for Action
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Source of Funding
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
                 
Legal Counsel Review
No
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Attachments
Moore Resolution - 2.23.21 (003).pdf
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