School Board Approves Resolution Honoring Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore
VIERA, FL -- The School Board Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution honoring former BPS educators, and civil rights activists, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore.
Mr. Moore was a teacher and later a principal in Brevard Public Schools from 1925 to 1946. His wife, Harriette, was a teacher from 1928 to 1946.
In 1946, the school board did not renew their employment contracts because of the Moores' civil rights activism. Mr. Moore organized the Brevard branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1941. Three years later Mr. Moore co-founded the Progressive Voters League, which helped register 116,000 Black Floridians to vote.
On Christmas Night in 1951, Harry T. Moore was killed when a bomb exploded underneath the Moore's Mims home. Harriette died nine days later.
The resolution honoring the Moores acknowledges their unfair firing by the school board in 1946, makes the Moores Brevard Public Schools Teachers Emeritus, and directs social studies curriculum to be developed and titled The Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Legacy Curriculum.
The curriculum will be taught beginning in the 2021-2022 school year and will include an *8th grade field trip to the Moore Cultural Center in Mims.