This week I had the pleasure of finishing up a project I started some months ago featured in this post. It is the interview of Evangeline Moore, the daughter of well-respected Civil Rights activist Harry T. Moore.
The Moore family was treasured by the community of Mims in North Brevard for their frequent demonstrations of generosity and leadership. This respect and admiration is clearly illustrated in this town hall style interview filmed in 2005 at the Harry T. & Harriette V. MooreCultural Complex in Mims.
- Here is the link to the finished video!
And here is some information I wrote for the finished YouTube video’s description:
Juanita Evangeline Moore was born September 3, 1930, in Mims, Florida. She was one of two children of Civil Rights activist and martyr Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette Moore. This interview was filmed in 2005 and features an open audience discussion at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex located at 2180 Freedom Ave. in Mims, Florida. Evangeline discusses her father’s important work within the local community, as well as his wider Civil Rights efforts across the region. Harry T. Moore was an educator, NAACP leader, staunch Christian, and champion of Black Rights. Known for his dedication to getting members of the Black Community registered to vote with his formation of the Florida Progressive Voters League, as well as his efforts to educate his local community, Harry T. Moore was beloved by the people of Mims, and was especially dear to his daughter, Evangeline. Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette were killed on Christmas night of 1951 when a bomb exploded under their Mims home. Evangeline discusses this deeply tragic event, considered by many to be the nation’s first Civil Rights assassination, and its public and personal repercussions.
While this interview features audience questions that drive at the heart of Mr. Moore’s influence in his community and on the Civil Rights Movement as a whole, there are also many personal questions that seek to illuminate Evangeline’s personal experiences. This includes discussing her close relationship with her parents and her struggles as a young woman growing up in a time of segregation and racial tensions in the South. Evangeline describes her parents’ efforts to shelter her from racial hatred as a child and the struggles she continued to face as a young woman working in Washington D.C. This interview is a valuable testament to the struggles of the Black Community in Mims, and serves as a reflection of the nation’s racial struggles at this time.
Unfortunately, this video did suffer from some electrical feedback noise on the original recording. However, after some sound editing in our Adobe Premiere program, I was able to clean up the audio track quite a bit. If you are interested in learning some more about how I was able to clean up this “blue” electrical noise, please check out this post, in which I used the same process on one of our Joe Wickham interviews. In short, it was a process of learning how find the right frequency to cancel out the existing feedback noise in the video.
My supervisor Mr. Boonstra and I were hoping to find a cleaner recording of the interview, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to find a copy. However, we both agreed that the content of the video had too much local importance not to make available to the local and wider community through our YouTube channel.
Above all, viewers of this interview will be treated to numerous personal anecdotes and insights related to the Moore legacy in Brevard. And after attending the Black History Month event last month at the Brevard County Government Center, I’m really excited to have this video added to our Black History in Brevard Playlist!
Please look forward to more posts including the link the oral history with Bob Gross, which I had the pleasure to serve as researcher, organizer, and interviewer!
Until next time, thanks for reading!