4LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." ~ A. Lincoln, 1862:: One of fastest growing slave states in Union1861: 3rd of 13 states to secede from the Union (after SC & MS), FL had highest percentage of volunteers-to-available men of any Confederate state.1865: FL Governor John Milton told Legislature, "Death would be preferable to reunion.“ Then shot himself.1877: Post-Reconstruction, white Democrats regained control. Jim Crow disenfranchised 200,000/44% state pop.: Altho MS & AL lynched more victims, FL had highest per capita rate of lynchings in country, 40% higher than MS.
5LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS 1901 & 1905: Black residents of Jacksonville organized boycotts to force city to abandon efforts to segregate street car system (ultimately state legislature intevened.)By 1920: FL African-Americans formed The Colored Knights of Pythias, claimed one of every six black men members, required payment of poll tax and vote in 1920 election or face expulsion.FL black churches & organizations followed suit -- the first statewide civil rights movement in U.S. historyElection Day, 1920: Mob violence in Ocoee; & in Perry, 1922; and in Rosewood, 1923.
6LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS 1950s State slogan: “Welcome to Florida, land of good living!”: Skyrocketing population, x national average t0 2.7 million: to 4.9 million, up 161% in 2 decadesGrowing pains: No reapportionment= 15% of population (in North Florida) elects 50% of State Congress
7LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS In Florida, Sunshine & Shadow… Florida KKK1939: “Strongest realm in the nation.” – Imperial Wizard Testimony before U .S. Congress1951: “More Knights than any other Southern State.” – Imperial Wizard Bill HendricksMost powerful klaverns – Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami & Tampa
8LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS In Florida, Sunshine & Shadow… Harry T. MooreOrganized state NAACPFiled first lawsuit in South to equalize black & white teachers’ salariesFought & investigated lynchings statewideFounded Progressive Voters League, registered 116,000 black voters (31% of all eligible black voters) – a rate 50% higher than any other Southern State.
9LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Spring of 1951 – THE FLORIDA TERROR BEGINSMID-MARCH – Melvin Womack beaten, stabbed and shot in Apopka–Winter Garden Klan stompin’ grounds.APRIL – Orlando apartment building bombed over racial designation.MAY – Imperial Wizard Bill Hendrix “declared war on hate groups” – NAACP, B’nai B’rith, Catholic Church; declared self candidate for governor.
10LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Summer of 1951 – THE TERROR CONTINUESJUNE & JULY – In Miami, dynamite explodes at Jewish Community Center. Lit sticks of dynamite thrown onto steps of several Catholic churches.AUGUST & SEPTEMBER – In Miami, Carver Village Housing Project bombed In Central Florida, the Apopka Klan attempts to abduct Thurgood Marshall.NAACP Attorney Thurgood Marshall
11LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Fall of 1951 – THE TERROR CONTINUESOCTOBER 1 – On Rosh Hashana, dynamite sticks, a cross, plus swastikas and the words, “Achtung, KKK!” left at Miami’s Tifereth Community Center.MID-OCTOBER – Dynamite planted at Miami Hebrew School and Congregation.NOVEMBER 2 – In Orlando, dynamite destroys Creamette Frozen Custard Stand.
12LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Winter of 1951 – THE TERROR CONTINUESNOVEMBER 6, While transporting defendants to Tavares courthouse, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall shoots Sammy Shepherd and Walter Irvin.
13LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Sheriff Willis McCallversusDefendant Walter Irvin
14LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS Winter of 1951 – BACK IN MIAMINOVEMBER 30 – In Miami, a second blast at Carver Village.DECEMBER 2 – A third blast at Carver Village .DECEMBER 3 – A fourth blast plus… Klansmen to Miami Hebrew School and Congregation.
15LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS DECEMBER 25, Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at home in Mims, FL.
16The Good Ending? The Bad Ending? The one we’re working on? THE ENDINGS:The Good Ending?The Bad Ending?The one we’re working on?
18LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS FBI & US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEHATE CRIME: “Crimes motivated in whole or in part by a bias against the victim's perceived race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.”Report by state, each November
19LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS 34---21U.S. HATE CRIME STATISTICSBias: Race 50.8%, Relig 18.4%, Eth/Nat 13.2%Sexual Orient 16.6%, Disability 1% (1 per hr)
20LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER & U.S. HOMELAND SECURITYHATE GROUP: “Active organization whose beliefs or practices attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
21LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS 2008 ACTIVE US HATE GROUPS926 active US Hate Groups, up 54% since 2000
22LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS “Since 1997, the state has finished first or second seven times in the center's annual reports on extremist groups.”1st or 2nd in nation out of 11 past years.In alternate 4 years, Florida placed 3rd.
23LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS TOP 8 STATES: CA, TX, FL, SC, NJ/GA, TN & PA."The idea of a black man in the White House, combined with the deepening economic crisis and continuing high levels of Latino immigration, has given white supremacists a real platform on which to recruit."
24LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS In 2004, FL Attorney General, now Governor, Charlie Crist re-opened the Moores murder case.After an extensive 20-month investigation, Crist identified Earl Brooklyn, Tillman Belvin, Joseph Cox & Edward Spivey as the probable murderers.All four were members of the Apopka Klan.
25LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS In 2004, opening of the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Homesite Park in Mims, FLIn 2007, discovery of Harry T. Moore briefcase in barn near home site & recovery of Moore’s historic Civil Rights filesTreasure trove of original historical letters, files, forms and reports
26LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS NOVEMBER 22, Evangeline Moore, Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore’s only surviving daughter, cut the ribbon on the replica of her family home in Mims, FL.