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Our Common History

 

Central Florida has many resources dedicated to the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for racial equality across the state. Special thanks to our partners for providing a sample of photos and documents that chronicle these events. 

 

More information can be found at: the Orange County Regional History Center, Wells' Built Museum of African American History and Culture, the Goldsboro Historical Museum, Florida Historical Society, the Harry T.  & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex and the Bethune Foundation

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

A Freedom Fighter

 

Harry T. Moore began his career as a teacher in Brevard County. He founded the local NAACP, and with its support, he filed a pay equalization lawsuit in 1937. Moore later became president of the NAACP's statewide branches, and he formed the Florida Progressive Voters League, which registered more than 100,000 black voters. In 1951, Moore helped win appeals for two black teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting a white woman in Groveland. On Christmas night in 1951, Moore and his wife, Harriette, were killed by a bomb placed under their house by the Ku Klux Klan. 

The short documentary, "Shadows of the Past, Reflections for the Future," shares the story of activists Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, their fight for civil rights for African Americans in the 1940s, and how the Moore legacy lives on, nearly 60 years after they were murdered.

Watch it here.

Produced and Directed by Lisa Mills & Robert Cassanello. Written, filmed and produced by the UCF Spring 2010 Honors Advanced Documentary Workshop Class. Edited by Aaron Hosé.

Photo courtesy of Florida Attorney General and information from the NAACP.

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Documenting Change

Read letters and first-hand accounts of the struggle for civil rights in Central Florida.

 

A Letter from the Ku Klux Klan

This letter from the Grand Master of the Florida KKK addresses the group's displeasure with African Americans asserting their rights. Courtesy of the Orange County Regional History Center.


Correspondence with Thurgood Marshall

The Supreme Court's first African American justice responds to local activist C.T. Williams regarding equal voting rights for blacks. C.T. Williams served as chairman of the the Orlando Colored Citizen Council and sued the City of Orlando to gain the right to vote. Courtesy of the Orange County Regional History Center.


Freedom Riders in Orlando

An oral history from Charles J. Hawkins recalling the events leading to the Freedom Riders' visit to Orlando. Courtesy of the Orange County Regional History Center.

Through The Years

 

Timeline

Explore historic events and milestones in Central Florida's struggle for civil rights. 

Special thanks to the Orange County Regional History Center for providing information.