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Freedom Never Dies
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The Legacy of Harry T. Moore
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After Viewing

  1. Discuss the influences that molded young Harry T. Moore. What influenced him to make a lifelong commitment to civil rights and racial justice? Discuss what fears or doubts he would have had to overcome to live his life this way? [Harry T. Moore's Bio]

  2. Discuss Harry T. Moore's role as a pioneer in the registration of black voters in the South. How would his registration of 100,000 black voters in the Democratic Party have threatened the white power structure? How might politics in Florida (and perhaps in the Deep South) have been different if Moore had lived? [Harry T. Moore's Bio, Selected Letters]

  3. Discuss with students why they think that the deaths of Harry and Harriette Moore, as well as Harry Moore's contributions to civil rights, have been largely forgotten or overlooked? [On-line Poll, Timeline]

  4. Harry Moore was a fervent believer in the importance of education. In fact, the first cause he fought for was to equalize black and white teacher salaries and improve black schools. Ask students to discuss how the many decades of unequal educational facilities for African Americans affected their lives and the South as a whole. [Harry T. Moore's Bio, Selected Letter on Equal Education]

  5. Ask students to discuss why they think Harry Moore was killed? What did his killers hope to gain by silencing him? [Who Killed Harry T. Moore, KKK in Florida, Harry Moore's Bio]

  6. Harriette Moore died along with her husband, ultimately sacrificing her life for his cause. Why do students think she was willing to do this? What sacrifices did Harriette, and the entire Moore family, have to make because of Harry's work? [Harry T. Moore's Bio]

  7. One of the most dangerous things that Harry Moore got involved in was investigating lynchings. Ask students to try to imagine the effects of such brutalities on the black community. Similarly, ask students to imagine what effect lynchings would have had on white children? How do they think lynchings would have influenced white children to think of blacks? [Lynching/ Claude Neal, Willie James Howard; Selected Letter on Lynching]

  8. Several historians in the documentary propose that the Groveland case arose, at least partly, because of attitudes toward black veterans returning home after World War II. Ask students to describe how they think the war would have changed the outlook of black soldiers from the South, particularly after they returned home? How do students think white grove owners and businessmen might have felt threatened by those changing attitudes? [Groveland]



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