Thursday, December 25, 2014

Honoring Harry & Harriette T. Moore With A Statue in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol

53 years ago today, the KKK killed NAACP organizers, Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Harriette Moore on Christmas Day (her birthday) by bomb under their bedroom in Mims, Florida. They had worked for equal pay for African-American teachers, registered 100,000 African-Americans to vote, and exposed Sheriff-involved murders of African-Amercans.

My mentor Stetson Kennedy's last wish that his friends, the Moores, be remembered and honored. Here's what we need to do: Our State of Florida Legislature urgently needs to put a statue of Harry and Harriette Moore in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., withdrawing the statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, who murdered black Union Army prisoners of war during the Civil War. Each state gets two statues: none of African-Americans (although Rosa Parks is represented by joint Congressional resolution). Several states have changed their statues, with California, Kansas and Michigan adding statues of Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower and Gerald Ford.

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