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Freedom Never Dies - The Legacy of Harry T. Moore

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by Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts
color, 86 min, 2000

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On Christmas night 1951, Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette retired to bed in their white frame house tucked inside a small orange grove in Mims, Florida. Ten minutes later, a bomb shattered their house, their lives, and any notions that the South’s post-war transition to racial equality would be a smooth one. Harry Moore died that night, his wife nine days later.

Harry T. Moore paved the way for the ‘60s civil rights movement by championing equal pay for black teachers, organizing the black vote and publicly condemning racist attitudes and actions of local, state and national officials.

Despite a massive FBI investigation and repeated inquisitions, the murders of Harry and Harriette Moore have never been solved.

"...the life and death of Harry T. Moore have been largely forgotten, upstaged by later assassinations and agendas. This insightful documentary works to right that wrong." — Barbara Phillips, Wall Street Journal
"A powerful PBS documentary pulls activist Harry T. Moore from the shadows of history and gives him his due." — Hal Bodeker, Orlando Sentinel
"Florida's dark past is detailed in this beautifully filmed, sobering and deeply moving profile." — GIST-TV
"Harry T. Moore, the first civil rights leader to be assassinated, has regained his place among the martyrs of the time in an eye-opening documentary." — Black TV Network

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Erik Barnouw Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary, 2001
San Luis Obispo Intl. Film Festival Independent Film Competition Award

TV Broadcasts
National Broadcasts, PBS, 2001

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