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« on: August 01, 2014, 04:17:20 PM »

He was the first civil rights leader to be assassinated, but few know his name.  His murder was the spark that ignited the American civil rights movement, but even fewer know his story.

Before graduate student Mike King began using his given name, Martin Luther, before Detroit Red changed his name to Malcolm X, and before Medgar Evers joined the NAACP, civil rights activist Harry T. Moore and his wife, Harritte, were murdered.

On Christmas night, 1951, an explosion ripped through the little frame cottage he and his wife of 25 years called home.  The bomb was planted beneath their home, directly under their bedroom. The brutal, deadly force of the blast slammed the bed they were sleeping in through the thick wood ceiling rafters.

In the 1950s, in the Deep South, Moore's political activism had earned him plenty of enemies.  Some labeled him “the most hated black man in Florida.”  Harry Moore’s mother, visiting for the holidays, voiced her concerns for Moore's safety late that evening.  “Every advancement comes by way of sacrifice," he told his mother before going to bed.  "What I am doing is for the benefit of my race."

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