Juneteenth Honors Civil Rights Martyrs Harry T. and Harriette Moore
BROWARD COUNTY, FL— The most celebrated and soon to be renowned place to be on Juneteenth 2021 is right here in Broward County, Florida on Northwest 7th Street as the street is renamed to honor the memory of two of history’s most legendary civil rights activists—Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore. The celebration will move from the small street to the big screen as the final scene of the upcoming movie “The Price for Freedom” begins. (See attachments)
On Saturday, June 19th, join Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Director/Actor Mario Van Peebles, Actress Aisha Jackson, NAACP FTL President and State Conference Officer Marsha Ellison, NAACP West Volusia Branch Past President Michael E. Williams, Member of Mt Hermon AME Church Reverend Henry Green, and Top Cat II Productions Filmmaker/Producer Walter T. Shaw for the final filming of “The Price for Freedom” based on the screenplay written by John DiDonna and Walter T. Shaw.
“This day will be in honor of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore. This film will tell their story to the world. They were ordinary people who brought about extraordinary change and we are privileged to pay tribute to them here in Broward County,” said Commissioner Holness. Holness won the vote of the Broward County Commission to change the street name of NW 7th Street between NW 27th Avenue to NW 31st Avenue as “Harry-Harriette Moore Street.”
Saturday, Juneteenth, 19, 2021 Scheduled Events:
At 9:30AM, Broward Black Elected Officials begin the Juneteenth Celebration of the year at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) and the Urban League of Broward County with special broadcast events on Zoom and Facebook Live.
At 11:30AM the Juneteenth Moore Street Memorial Walk begins from AARLCC to the Harry and Harriette Moore Street Renaming with the special unveiling ceremony at the corner of Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 7th Street in the Broward Municipal Services (unincorporated) District.
Filming will take place throughout the day, with the final scene set for 2pm at the Mt. Hermon AME Church, 401 NW 7th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33311. **BY INVITATION PRESS/ EVENT ONLY** Director/Actor Mario Van Peebles (portrays Harry T. Moore) and Actress Aisha Jackson (portrays Harriette Moore) will be available for interviews along with other cast members and Producer Walter T. Shaw.
The Moore’s were the first true civil right activists of the modern civil rights era in Florida. Harry Moore organized the first branch of the NAACP in Florida in 1934 and eleven years later became President of the Florida Conference of NAACP branches. In 1945 he formed the Florida Progressive Voter’s League and became its Executive Director. He was instrumental in registering over 100,000 Black voters in Florida. He was an outspoken advocate against racial violence and lynching and was a vocal critic of the inequities in the criminal justice system. The Moore’s were teachers, who lost their jobs because of their civil rights activism. They brought about much change and would eventually pay the ultimate price.
On Christmas Day in 1951, as the Moore’s slept, a bomb exploded under their bed. It was their 25th wedding anniversary. Ironically, June 19th is Harriette Moore’s birthdate. The heinous hate crime killed Mr. Moore and Harriet died nine days later. Newspaper headlines read “The Bomb Heard Around the World.”