I will not claim to understand the reasoning behind the Critical Race Theory. I won’t pretend to understand why some people think it is wrong to teach our school children – of all races and nationalities – the true history of the race in America, but it is good to remember the Alamo.
Slavery is a dark spot in the history of our country. The same is true of lynching, segregation and denial of the right to vote. And the way Native Americans were treated. But that’s our story. We remember because we want to do better. We remember because we never want it to happen again.
Yet, as much as some people don’t want to remember, we see history repeating itself almost every day in the apparently police-protected murders of innocent black people. Because we don’t want to remember and learn from our past mistakes, we see new events that will spoil our country’s future history, like the big lie about a stolen presidential election. Some have even said that the storming of the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021 never happened, even as millions of us watched the insurgency unfold live on national and global television.
I am a person who lived through the atrocities of segregation and Jim Crowism. Yet I do not blame my white friends for the slave ships that brought thousands of Africans to these shores. I don’t blame my white friends for the crimes against my people that were committed by some of their ancestors. While we’re at it, should we also erase the story of how this land was taken from the Indians, who were the real Native Americans? Erasing the truth means that we will forever live in a lie.
While there are those who do not want to remember, or do not want their children to know the history of their country, it gives me great pleasure to know that Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale will rise and be counted for what is just. Starting this school year, the private Christian school included in its regular school curriculum the story of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, a team of black husbands and wives who lived in Mims in Brevard County, and who were pioneers in the civil rights movement and the movement’s first martyrs.
âAs the story is told, our school wants fair representation for black and white students,â said Jeff Jacques, dean of spiritual development at Westminster. âIt meant we wanted to share the story of a series of events that happened here in Florida. The Moore story is one of them. Our goal is to educate our students about the history of the state and whatever we present to our students, we want it to be concrete, fair and precise. The Moore story fits this description.
Until that fateful Christmas night in 1951, Harry and Harriette Moore were probably not very well known outside of their home in Mims, located just north of Melbourne on the east coast of Florida. Moore and his wife had just returned from celebrating Christmas and their wedding anniversary with relatives.
It was a cool, hazy Christmas evening and the Moore’s had just settled in for a peaceful night’s rest when, at around 10:20 p.m., a bomb exploded directly under their bedroom of their small shotgun-style house. .
Harry Moore died en route to the hospital, about 20 miles away in Sanford, in a car driven by his brother-in-law George Simms. Harriette Moore will suffer nine days, before joining her husband in death. Their daughter Anna Rosalea, who was at home with her parents that night, was also injured in the blast. Another girl, Juanita Evangeline, was returning home for the holidays and was not injured or killed.
Both teachers, the Moors were the first true civil rights activists of the modern civil rights era in Florida. He organized the first Brevard County branch of the NAACP in 1934 and later became its president.
During these early years of the Florida NAACP, Moore organized statewide chapters, and in 1941 he was appointed president of the Florida Conference of NAACP Branches. He then formed the Florida Progressive Voters’ League and served as its executive director. The league has helped register more than 100,000 black voters in Florida.
At this time, Moore was known as an “arrogant nigger.” Because of his civil rights work, his fight for equal pay for black teachers, and his exposure to lynching and other racial violence against blacks, he and his wife both lost their way. teaching job. In February, the Brevard School Board passed a resolution honoring the Moors, recognizing their unjust dismissal by the school board in 1946, and called for the development of a social studies program around the Moors.
June 19 – Juneteenth – Northwest Seventh Street between Northwest 27th Avenue and 31st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale was renamed for the couple.
The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore high school program is based on the film about their lives, titled “The Price of Freedom”, written by John DiDonna in association with producer Walter T. Shaw. The film is slated for release at the end of 2022.
The high school curriculum, written by Erica Fix, a teacher from Michigan, includes lesson plans that can be used together or alone in US history or high school English classes, Shaw said.
âI went to see her and told her that this story should be taught in our schools. I gave her the book and paid her to write the program, âShaw said. He said the film and program were based on Gregory Marquette’s book, “The Bomb Heard Around the World”.
I asked Shaw why he wanted the program to be placed in schools.
âIt’s a story that everyone, especially our school children, should know. We should never forget our history, where we came from. Children have the right to know, âhe said.