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The Harry T & Harriette V Moore
Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities

April 17-21, 2012

Background

 

"Now it's just Harry and his mother, Rosa, sitting at the table, talking quietly. He is her only child and since his father's death, in 1914, it has been just the two of them. Harry was only nine years old at the time, a frail and sickly boy, and Rosa has always been protective of him. She still is. She worries about the dangers of his NAACP work and begs him once again to quit. Every advancement comes by way of sacrifice, he tells her. What I am doing is for the benefit of my race."
Before His Time by Ben Green
This quote by Ben Green, biographer of Before His Time, epitomizes the human emotions of a loving mother’s lifelong concerns for the welfare and safety of her only child.

By 1951, as an educated couple, Harry T. and his wife Harriette became the leading civil rights activists in Brevard County and the nation. They organized the first Brevard County Chapter of the NAACP and the Progressive Voter's League. As a result of their involvement with civil rights activities, Mr. and Mrs. Moore lost their teaching jobs. The Moores were instrumental in the NAACP's fight for equality in the state of Florida. They would not be deterred by threats and harressment but continued their work in the civil rights movement until their untimely deaths in 1951. They were murdered on Christmas Night when a bomb placed underneath their home exploded. Now, The Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities will celebrate their work.

The Mission

The Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities strives to promote awareness, appreciation, and celebration of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore’s lives and we honor their unique contributions to the early civil rights movement; the preservation of African American culture and local heritage; and creation of a family-oriented festival atmosphere.

The Festival tribute is a celebration of history, culture and contributions of African Americans. You will enjoy a celebration of African American music, cuisine, poetry, dance, and crafts. The Inaugural event, held in the spring of 2004, provided a magical blend of sights, sounds and cultural enrichment, The Moore Heritage Festival of the Arts and Humanities will become an annual celebration that will be energizing, stimulating, educational, and entertaining.

On the stages and under the tents you will enjoy a variety of music from local and nationally known artists. The angelic feet of praise dancers will lift your spirits to heavenly places. The voices of the orators will allow your imagination to take you to a place of fantasy and sometimes a place of absolute truth. There will be a variety of home-grown southern dishes that will inundate your taste buds.

The outdoor events will become a signature feature of the festival. Events take place on the campus of Brevard Community College Titusville Campus and the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park. Aromatic and famously delicious southern cuisine will be available in abundance, and many artisans will be available to sell and demonstrate their work. The music will range from traditional to the contemporary. The children's area will offer special entertainment each day for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

K-12, college students and the community will enjoy roundtable discussions, work shops, field trips, team building activities and many other intellectually and physically stimulating activities.



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